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Oral Hygiene for Pneumonia Prevention

Many care-dependent clients in acute surgical settings are at risk for hospital-acquired pneumonia. A concern about high HAP rates on the neurosurgical ward at Royal Columbian Hospital (RCH) was identified by the Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS). A multidisciplinary team was formed, led by the CNS and a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) (Health Standards Organization, 2015)