OHNEP Grantee Spotlight: University of Texas

A big congratulations to our OHNEP grantee, Dr. Deborah Jones, PhD, MS, RN, Assistant Dean and Department Chair at the University of Texas, Houston, School of Nursing, whose video module, Oral Health and Mechanically Ventilated Critically Ill Adults, has been accepted for publication by MedEdPortal!
The purpose of the module is to inform health care professionals about the important oral- systemic health link for mechanically ventilated patients who are at high risk for ventilator acquired pneumonia. The module highlights evidence-based  best practices for oral hygiene in mechanically ventilated adults and strategies that nursing, dental, medical and respiratory therapy professionals can use to improve oral-systemic outcomes for this high risk patient population.
The module consists of the following sections:
  • Relationship of oral health to overall systemic health
  • Rationale supporting good oral hygiene in mechanically ventilated patients
  • State of science of oral care practices in mechanically ventilated adults
  • Recommended regimen for oral hygiene in mechanically ventilated adults
  • Detrimental practices, special considerations, and the role of interprofessional healthcare providers
This excellent educational resource can be accessed here.