Quality & Patient Safety

Patient Safety Monitor Journal, February/March 2017

Patient Safety Monitor, February 28, 2017

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Quick, cheap, and effective: Oral care makes serious dent in hospital-acquired pneumonia cases

If you work in healthcare, then you’re probably aware that there’s room for improvement. You’re also probably aware of the deluge of strategies, solutions, recommendations, and guidance on enhancing quality and patient safety—all of which require time, money, equipment, metrics, and manpower you may not have. But one patient safety improvement project is as simple—and as cheap—as it gets: having patients brush their teeth to prevent pneumonia. This is done with a regular toothbrush in the morning, in the evening, and after meals.

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