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dc.contributor.authorSchwarz, Maria
dc.contributor.authorKwiecien, Inger
dc.contributor.authorCoccetti, Anne
dc.contributor.authorHamlet, Blaise
dc.contributor.authorCardell, Elizabeth
dc.description.abstractBackground: Extensive literature supports the importance of oral cares in reduced risk of aspiration pneumonia in patients with dysphagia post stroke and in the general medical setting. In the acute and rehabilitation setting, oral cares are frequently performed by nursing staff; however rarely follow a stringent assessment and management protocol. Aim: The aim of this project was to implement a standardised assessment tool and management protocol for oral cares in the rehabilitation unit and monitor the impact on patients and staff. Methods: A formalised oral hygiene assessment tool was modified to include a decision-making guide regarding frequency and type of oral care dependant on assessment score. Data was collected from patients in survey form regarding their perceptions of their own oral hygiene and the oral care protocol. Results: Data collected to date from 42 rehabilitation unit patients identified that 36% (n = 15) reported an improvement in overall oral hygiene following transfer to the rehabilitation unit. Further, the protocol was well received with 78.5% of patients (n = 33) reporting no embarrassment having someone assess and monitor their oral hygiene. Despite some reported increases in workload, all nurses (n = 9) supported the new protocol and felt it was valuable to patients. Conclusion/Discussion: The introduction of a formalised oral care assessment and management protocol has the potential to improve patient’s oral hygiene and create more consistency and accuracy in the oral care provided by staff in the hospital setting. Nursing staff saw the value in the protocol for enhanced patient care.en_US
dc.publisherSage Publications Ltden_US
dc.relation.ispartofconferencenameStroke 2018 Conferenceen_US
dc.relation.ispartofconferencetitleInternational Journal of Strokeen_US
dc.relation.ispartoflocationSydney, Australiaen_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchClinical Sciencesen_US
dc.subject.keywordsScience & Technologyen_US
dc.subject.keywordsLife Sciences & Biomedicineen_US
dc.subject.keywordsClinical Neurologyen_US
dc.subject.keywordsPeripheral Vascular Diseaseen_US
dc.titleOutcomes from the implementation of a standardised oral hygiene tool in a rehabilitation settingen_US
dc.typeConference outputen_US
dc.type.descriptionE3 - Conferences (Extract Paper)en_US
dcterms.bibliographicCitationSchwarz, M; Kwiecien, I; Coccetti, A; Hamlet, B; Cardell, E, Outcomes from the implementation of a standardised oral hygiene tool in a rehabilitation setting, International Journal of Stroke, 2018, 13, pp. 33-33en_US
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gro.griffith.authorCardell, Elizabeth A.

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