Nursing interventions in oral hygiene
have been shown to be important for health promotion and illness prevention. This medical center advanced a registered nurse (RN)-led oral health
initiative to introduce and standardize oral care practices.
To examine the impact of the oral health
initiative, we conducted an evaluation of documentation
trends among RNs and the effect of the initiative on patients' oral health
We used a single-group pretest-posttest design and drew a sample of all inpatients who were admitted to the medical center from October 1 through December 31, 2017.
Of the 13 303 patients admitted, the empirical evidence demonstrates 99.5% compliance in documentation
at admission and discharge. Among 13 237 patients, there was improvement in patients' oral health
during hospitalization (−0.03, P
< .001), especially those initially assessed with moderate or severe dysfunction.
The oral health
initiative standardized assessment and care practices
that have improved outcomes in patients' oral hygiene