Oral Care Kits: Special Considerations (Nursing)

by Samantha Rhea, MSN, RN

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    00:00 But before you go, I want to leave you with at least 5 more things to consider. So first off, don't forget that oral care key word "at regular intervals" is so very important for our client.

    00:17 Now if you remember that regular oral care is what's going to help prevent pneumonia in our client with our hospitalized patients. And now we talked about mouth swabs, those are great for moisturizing the oral cavity; however, they're not a substitute for toothbrush.

    00:31 It's not going to remove the same debris as teethbrushing well, and when you're using those swab sticks they're single use only. No one wants those reused in their mouth. So once you use one, toss it, get a new one. And lastly, clients that are NPO are high risk.

    00:49 Okay, so what's that mean? When you hear NPO that means nothing by mouth so you cannot eat or drink anything. You can imagine how uncomfortable that is and how much more important oral care and frequent oral care are for those clients.

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    The lecture Oral Care Kits: Special Considerations (Nursing) by Samantha Rhea, MSN, RN is from the course Oral Hygiene for Bedridden Patients (Nursing).

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    1. Regular oral care can prevent pneumonia.
    2. Mouth swabs and toothbrushes are interchangeable.
    3. Clients that are NPO do not need regular oral care.
    4. Mouth swab sticks can be used for 48 hours.

    Author of lecture Oral Care Kits: Special Considerations (Nursing)

     Samantha Rhea, MSN, RN

    Samantha Rhea, MSN, RN

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