Developing and implementing an oral care policy and assessment tool
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Developing and implementing an oral care policy and assessment tool

Michelle Stout Clinical placement co-ordinators, Cork University Hospital, Cork, Ireland
Orla Goulding Clinical placement co-ordinators, Cork University Hospital, Cork, Ireland
Anne Powell Clinical placement co-ordinators, Cork University Hospital, Cork, Ireland

Oral hygiene is an essential aspect of nursing care. Poor oral care results in patients experiencing pain and discomfort, puts individuals at risk of nutritional deficiency and infection, and has an adverse effect on quality of life. This article describes how an oral care policy and assessment tool were updated to ensure the implementation of evidence-based practice at one hospital in the Republic of Ireland.

Nursing Standard. 23, 49,42-48. doi: 10.7748/ns2009.08.23.49.42.c7206

Correspondence

Michelle.Stout@hse.ie

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review