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Does oral care with chlorhexidine reduce ventilator-associated pneumonia in mechanically ventilated adults?

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Summary of "Does oral care with chlorhexidine reduce ventilator-associated pneumonia in mechanically ventilated adults?"

Oral colonisation by pathogens contributes to contracting ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP). The aim of this review was to determine whether the use of the antiseptic chlorhexidine in the intra-oral cavity reduced its incidence in the critically ill, mechanically ventilated adult. The findings from this review led to the conclusion that chlorhexidine reduced the occurrence of VAP. Although a recommendation to implement the use of intra-oral chlorhexidine for mechanically-ventilated patients within critical care can be made, further exploration into required frequency and method of administration would be beneficial to reduce unnecessary exposure and hinder pathogenic resistance.

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Name: British journal of nursing (Mark Allen Publishing)
ISSN: 0966-0461
Pages: 682-689

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