Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/1/2626
Title: Oral care practices and hospital-acquired pneumonia prevention: A national survey of Australian nurses
Authors: Tehan, Peta Ellen ;Browne, Katrina ;Matterson, Georgia;Cheng, Allen C;Dawson, Sonja;Graves, Nicholas;Johnson, Douglas;Kiernan, Martin;Madhuvu, Auxillia;Marshall, Caroline;McDonagh, Julee;Northcote, Maria;O'Connor, Jayne;Orr, Liz;Rawson, Helen;Russo, Philip;Sim, Jenny;Stewardson, Andrew J;Wallace, Janet;White, Nicole;Wilson, Rhonda;Mitchell, Brett 
Affliation: Central Coast Local Health District
Gosford Hospital
Issue Date: 8-May-2024
Source: Online ahead of print
Journal title: Infection, Disease and Health
Department: Nursing & Midwifery Directorate
Abstract: Hospital-acquired pneumonia (HAP) also known as non-ventilator associated pneumonia, is one of the most common infections acquired in hospitalised patients. Improving oral hygiene appears to reduce the incidence of HAP. This study aimed to describe current practices, barriers and facilitators, knowledge and educational preferences of registered nurses performing oral health care in the Australian hospital setting, with a focus on the prevention of HAP. We present this as a short research report. We undertook a cross sectional online anonymous survey of Australian registered nurses. Participants were recruited via electronic distribution through existing professional networks and social media. The survey used was modified from an existing survey on oral care practice. The survey was completed by 179 participants. Hand hygiene was considered a very important strategy to prevent pneumonia (n = 90, 58%), while 45% (n = 71) felt that oral care was very important. The most highly reported barriers for providing oral care included: an uncooperative patient; inadequate staffing; and a lack of oral hygiene requisite. Patients' reminders, prompts and the provision of toothbrushes were common ways believed to help facilitate improvements in oral care. Findings from this survey will be used in conjunction with consumer feedback, to help inform a planned multi-centre randomised trial, the Hospital Acquired Pneumonia PrEveNtion (HAPPEN) study, aimed at reducing the incidence of HAP. Findings may also be useful for informing studies and quality improvement initiatives aimed at improving oral care to reduce the incidence of HAP.
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/1/2626
DOI: 10.1016/j.idh.2024.04.006
Pubmed: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/38724299
Publicaton type: Journal Article
Keywords: Infection Control
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