by Wava Truscott, PhD., director scientific affairs and clinical education, Kimberly-Clark Health Care

Why so critical?

2. Severe reduction in saliva results in the failed delivery…….

DNA studies have confirmed that up to 90% of ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is caused by pathogens colonizing the mouth. Within hours of admission into the ICU, the oral physiology of the patient begins changing.

1. Saliva production decreases dramatically causing:

• gums, tongue and other oral tissues to become seriously dry (xerostomia)

• chapped lips, inflamed gums and oral lesions which provide protective havens within which pathogens can rapidly breed….

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