In preparation for rotations
at a local hospital’s intensive care unit, University of Southern Indiana (USI)
dental hygiene students participated with dental hygiene and nursing faculty in
a hands-on experience where students provided oral hygiene care to a ventilated
patient in simulation.
Students learned to use suction
toothbrushes, perform mouth clearage with the R as well as provide epiglottis
accretion clearance. These procedures help reduce the incidence of ventilated
USI dental hygiene students
began rotations at the hospital ICU in January 2019. The rotation is designed
to be an experience based on an interprofessional collaborative practice model.
The rotation actively includes ICU staff nurses assisting the students through
the experience and relating important health history issues. In addition to
providing oral health care, students assess the patients for signs of oral
lesions associated with being ventilated as well as conditions that may have
been related to the serious medical conditions contributing to being admitted
to the ICU. Students report identified concerns to appropriate personnel for
follow up and assure that oral health related assessment findings are recorded
within the patient electronic health records.
of Lorinda L. Coan, M.S., RDH, University of Southern Indiana College of
Nursing and Health Professions, Dental Hygiene Program
Published on March 13, 2019