Oral Hygiene in Older Adults: Assessment, Care, and Complications
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Inadequate oral hygiene practices can contribute to or
result in severe localized and systemic illnesses, significantly altering the
health status and well-being of older adults. Care providers must recognize
symptoms, conditions, and their potential consequences and elevate routine oral
hygiene care to oral infection control programs. This session from the 2017
online conference “Dysphagia in Older Adults” identifies possible oral hygiene
complications—from oral pain to pneumonia—and discusses how to recognize and
assess them. Speaker John Ashford also addresses the importance of standardized intervention.
You will be able to:
- utilize a standardized oral health screening
tool as part of the bedside clinical dysphagia assessment to determine the oral
health status of patients, and use the results to determine the proper course
- incorporate oral health findings as an
important clinical factor in making decisions regarding the safety of oral
feeding and its potential for contributing to possible development of pneumonia
What is Included?
You'll get online access to all the course content, including the full video, handouts, and references so you can access it from anywhere!
Self-assessment—Think about what you learned and report on the Completion Form how you will use your new knowledge.
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