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Oral care and pulmonary infection - the importance of plaque scoring.
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PMID:  23302185     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
ABSTRACT: Improving the quality of oral hygiene is recognised as an important counter measure for reducing the incidence of ventilator-associated pneumonia amongst critically ill patients. Toothbrushing physically disrupts the dental plaque that acts as a reservoir for pulmonary infection and therefore has the potential to reduce the incidence of ventilator-associated pneumonia. Gu and colleagues performed a systematic review and meta-analysis of oral hygiene with and without a toothbrush and found no difference in the incidence of pneumonia in mechanically ventilated patients. The diagnosis of ventilator-associated pneumonia is prone to bias and future studies of oral care interventions should focus on measures of oral cleanliness such as plaque and gingival scores. Once the optimal strategy for oral hygiene is defined in the critically ill, larger studies focussing on ventilator-associated pneumonia or mortality can be conducted.
Matt P Wise; David W Williams
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Publication Detail:
Type:  EDITORIAL     Date:  2013-1-10
Journal Detail:
Title:  Critical care (London, England)     Volume:  17     ISSN:  1466-609X     ISO Abbreviation:  Crit Care     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-1-10     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9801902     Medline TA:  Crit Care     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  101     Citation Subset:  -    
Adult Critical Care, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff, CF14 4XW, UK.
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