Oral health in hospitalised patients: assessment and hygiene
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Oral health in hospitalised patients: assessment and hygiene

Wendy Huskinson Practice development sister and research, City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust, Sunderland
Hilary Lloyd Principal lecturer, Nursing practice development and research, City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust, Sunderland

Maintaining oral health is an essential aspect of patient care. Good oral hygiene can reduce the risk of infection and improve patients’ quality of life. This article provides an overview of oral care to enable nurses to undertake assessment of the mouth and deliver appropriate care as part of the patient’s hygiene routine.

Nursing Standard. 23, 36,43-47. doi: 10.7748/ns2009.05.23.36.43.c6969

Correspondence

wendy.huskinson@chs.northy.nhs.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review