School of Nursing
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Pneumonia, Oral Care, Non-ventilated, Education
Thomas, Toni Rochelle, "Integrative Review on the Initiation of a Systematic Oral Care Education Program" (2021). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 2792.
Hospital-acquired infections, such as non-ventilated hospital-acquired pneumonia (NVHAP), are significant patient safety concerns. The lack of oral care in the non-ventilated acute care patient population is a significant contributor to NVHAP. The nursing staff is on the front line in providing oral care to hospitalized patients but often lacks knowledge and understanding regarding the relationship between oral care and NVHAP. Searching MEDLINE, PubMed, CINAHL, and EBSCO databases for current, peer-reviewed, scholarly articles for English language articles between 2010-2020 led to supporting findings. These findings revealed missed oral care as the most common modifiable risk factor contributing to increased hospital-acquired pneumonia incidences. Other findings revealed the impact an evidence-based educational program would have on oral care and outcomes. The influence of the learner's engagement with education and training has proven to have substantial benefits.