Oral care for hospice patients with severe trismus.
Summary of "Oral care for hospice patients with severe trismus."
Oral care is a hallmark of attentive, high-quality nursing care. Oral care improves a patient's sense of well-being, communication, and nutritional status, and lowers the risk for pneumonia. However, for patients with severe trismus, oral care may seem impossible. Trismus is the inability to open the mouth more than 35 mm and often results from medical therapies for head and neck cancers. This article details a simple approach to oral care that was implemented successfully with five hospice patients with severe trismus.
Mary Potter Hospice, Wellington, Aotearoa, New Zealand.
This article was published in the following journal.
Name: Clinical journal of oncology nursing
- PubMed Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22459519
- DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1188/12.CJON.113-114
Medical and Biotech [MESH] Definitions
Specialized health care, supportive in nature, provided to a dying person. A holistic approach is often taken, providing patients and their families with legal, financial, emotional, or spiritual counseling in addition to meeting patients' immediate physical needs. Care may be provided in the home, in the hospital, in specialized facilities (HOSPICES), or in specially designated areas of long-term care facilities. The concept also includes bereavement care for the family. (From Dictionary of Health Services Management, 2d ed)
Medical care provided after the regular practice schedule of the physicians. Usually it is designed to deliver 24-hour-a-day and 365-day-a-year patient care coverage for emergencies, triage, pediatric care, or hospice care.
Physicians, Primary Care
Providers of initial care for patients. These PHYSICIANS refer patients when appropriate for secondary or specialist care.
Institutional health care of patients during the day. The patients return home at night.
The process of accepting patients. The concept includes patients accepted for medical and nursing care in a hospital or other health care institution.
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