Articles, Blog

Healthy Teeth, Healthy You. Preventing Hospital Acquired Pneumonia

November 5, 2019


YOU SAVE LIVES EVERY DAY. DID YOU KNOW THAT A SIMPLE,
LOW-COST WAY OF PREVENTING PNEUMONIA
IS OFTEN MISSED IN THE CARE OF OUR HOSPITALIZED
VETERANS? WANT TO KNOW THE SECRET?
TEETH BRUSHING. A CLEAN MOUTH CAN PREVENT
DISEASES, LIKE HOSPITAL-ACQUIRED
PNEUMONIA AND HELP OUR VETERANS LIVE
LONGER, HEALTHIER LIVES. HOSPITAL-ACQUIRED PNEUMONIA IS
A LARGELY PREVENTABLE DISEASE THAT FREQUENTLY LEADS TO LONG
HOSPITAL STAYS, HIGH HEALTHCARE COSTS, SEPSIS,
AND INCREASED RISK OF DEATH. YOU MAY NOTICE THAT ROUGH
OR UNCLEAN FEELING IF YOU DON’T BRUSH YOUR TEETH
FOR A FEW HOURS. BILLIONS OF GERMS GROW QUICKLY IN THE PLAQUE THAT FORMS ON
UNCLEAN TEETH. THE GERMS IN THE BIOFILM MAY BE
ASPIRATED INTO THE LUNGS OF OUR PATIENTS
DURING SLEEP, LEADING TO PNEUMONIA. THIS IS WHY WE NEED TO HELP OUR
VETERANS KEEP THEIR TEETH CLEAN. ORAL CARE SHOULD BE PROVIDED
AT LEAST TWICE A DAY– AFTER MEALS AND BEFORE BEDTIME. MOUTHWASH, SPONGE APPLICATORS,
AND SWABS ARE NOT A GOOD SUBSTITUTE FOR
TOOTH BRUSHING AS THEY DO NOT ADEQUATELY
REMOVE THE BIOFILM FROM THE TEETH. IF YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT A VETERAN
WITH SWALLOWING PROBLEMS AND ARE WORRIED ABOUT USING
TOOTHPASTE, YOU CAN ALWAYS REMOVE
THE GERMS BY GENTLY BRUSHING HIS TEETH
WITH CLEAN WATER. IF THE VETERAN
HAS IMPAIRED MEMORY, COVER HIS HAND WITH YOURS
AND BRUSH HIS TEETH TOGETHER. GENTLE PERSUASION
AND ENCOURAGEMENT GO A LONG WAY IN HELPING VETERANS WITH
ORAL CARE. WE INVITE YOU TO JOIN US IN
IMPROVING THE ORAL CARE PROVIDED TO OUR VETERANS TO PREVENT
HOSPITAL-ACQUIRED PNEUMONIA. NOW THAT YOU UNDERSTAND HOW TO
PREVENT PNEUMONIA BY HELPING VETERANS BRUSH
THEIR TEETH, PLEASE DOCUMENT THE EXCELLENT CARE YOU PROVIDE
AND HELP US SPREAD THE WORD.

No Comments

Leave a Reply