Importance of Oral Care

When you are on the front lines fighting ventilator-associated events (VAE) for your patients, you need the right tools for the job. Consider some of these factors that can contribute to VAE:

  • 63% of ICU patients have oral colonization with VAP-associated pathogens.
  • Intubated ICU patients suffer from severe dry mouth, creating a friendlier environment for gram negative bacteria to colonize in the mouth and pharynx.
  • Without effective and comprehensive oral hygiene, it only takes 48 hours for bacterial plaque to develop on the teeth of an intubated patient.
  • As dental plaque increases, pneumonia risk climbs with it.

The Avanos Oral Care kits can strengthen your team’s defense strategy against VAE.

The Avanos Oral Care kits are complete and provide the tools that you need for consistent, comprehensive oral care. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN), the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), and the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) all say that providing such care is critical for preventing VAE, and the Avanos Oral Care kits offer key components to help achieve a high level of care.

  • Color-coded packaging makes identifying specific component packs and tracking oral care compliance easy.
  • Individual packs allow you to choose the right tool at the right time, based on what your patients need and your hospital’s protocol.
  • The kit’s rectangular design and wall hanger keep oral care more convenient and in-room accessible, which makes compliance easier.
  • Designed by nurses for nurses, the kits support both individual and hospital oral care protocol.
  • Self-Cleaning yankauer with Ballard Technology performs better and requires less maintenance than previously used suction tools.

Prevent VAE in your unit with the Oral Care kits. Designed by and for nurses who know oral care, the Avanos Oral Care kits can give you an edge as you protect your patients from VAE-associated pathogens.