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Interprofessional Education: Oral Health and Mechanically Ventilated Critically Ill Adults

Published: February 13, 2014 | 10.15766/mep_2374-8265.9709

Included in this publication:

  • Instructor Guide.docx
  • Speaker Notes.docx
  • Readiness Assurance Questions-Oral health-MV Patients.docx
  • Ventilated Adult No Audio.pptx
  • Oral Health.mp4

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Introduction: The PowerPoint presentation with audio and embedded video clips presents an overview of the relationship of oral health to overall systemic health in mechanically ventilated adults. The purpose of this module is to inform health care professionals of: the link between oral health and systemic health in mechanically ventilated adults; the characteristics of mechanically ventilated adults that increase their risk of systemic effects from poor oral hygiene; the state of the science recommendations for oral hygiene practices; an oral hygiene regimen for mechanically ventilated adults; and ways that nursing, dental, medical, and respiratory therapy professionals can be influential in improving interprofessional oral hygiene practices for mechanically ventilated adults. Methods: To achieve the intended aim, this video/presentation consists of five segments. The first segment focuses on the relationship of oral health to overall systemic health. The second explains the characteristics of, and rationale supporting, good oral hygiene in mechanically ventilated patients. The third focuses on the state of science of oral care practices in mechanically ventilated adults. The fourth explains and demonstrates a recommended regimen for oral hygiene in mechanically ventilated adults. Finally, detrimental practices, special considerations, and the role of interprofessional health care providers are presented. Because it is offered in a narrated format with embedded video clips, providers can refer to it as many times as necessary to refresh and/or clarify understanding. The narrated power point can also be projected as a stand-alone presentation before a group of viewers in teaching and/or calibration scenarios. While certainly applicable for those in the dental field, the content of the video/presentation will likely be most useful for those involved in the primary care of mechanically ventilated adults. The video is currently used in education of undergraduate nursing students in care of mechanically ventilated adults. This curriculum will be useful to registered nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, dental professionals and respiratory therapists.

Educational Objectives

By the end of this module, learners will be able to:

  1. Define components of oral health in mechanically ventilated adults.
  2. Recognize complications from poor oral health.
  3. Promote good oral health through the delivery of appropriate interprofessional oral hygiene.
  4. Describe the state of the science regarding oral care practices in mechanically ventilated adults.
  5. Assess and deliver evidence-based interprofessional oral care.
  6. Recognize triggers to consult other health care providers.

Author Information

  • Deborah Jones, PhD, RN: University of Texas Health Science Center Houston
  • June Sadowsky: University of Texas Health Science Center Houston
  • Donna Morris: University of Texas Health Science Center Houston
  • Bela Patel: University of Texas Health Science Center Houston

None to report.

This research was supported by a Oral Health Nursing Education and Practice Program Grant (OHNEP).


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Jones D, Sadowsky J, Morris D, Patel B. Interprofessional education: oral health and mechanically ventilated critically ill adults. MedEdPORTAL. 2014;10:9709. https://doi.org/10.15766/mep_2374-8265.9709

This publication is co-sponsored by the American Dental Education Association.