Oral care protocol reduces ventilator-associated pneumonia

In this before-after study of ventilated patients, an oral care protocol (q4 hours) reduced the incidence of ventilator-associated pneumonia from 12.6 to 1.3 cases / 1000 ventilator days. This adds to the literature that evidence-based protocols can improve quality (abstract).

Danielle Scheurer

Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.

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