Oral care and bacteremia risk in mechanically ventilated adults

Deborah J. Jones, Cindy Munro, Mary Jo Grap, Todd Kitten, Michael Edmond

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Objective: Transient bacteremia occurs in healthy populations from toothbrushing. With the high incidence of bacteremia in the intensive care unit and toothbrushing as an oral care method, this study examined the incidence and clinical significance of transient bacteremia from toothbrushing in mechanically ventilated adults. Methods: Prospective pre- and post-test with all subjects (N = 30) receiving a toothbrushing intervention twice per day (up to 48 hours). The planned microbial analysis used DNA typing to identify organisms from oral and blood cultures collected immediately before, 1 minute, and 30 minutes after the interventions. Results: Seventeen percent of subjects had oral cultures that were positive for selected pathogens before the first toothbrushing intervention. None of the subjects had evidence of transient bacteremia by positive quantitative blood cultures before or after the toothbrushing interventions. Patient characteristics were not statistically significant predictors for systemic inflammatory response syndrome, length of hospital stay, or length of intubation. Conclusion: The toothbrushing intervention did not induce transient bacteremia in this patient population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalHeart and Lung: Journal of Acute and Critical Care
Volume39
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2010
Externally publishedYes

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Toothbrushing
Bacteremia
Length of Stay
Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome
DNA Fingerprinting
Intubation
Population
Intensive Care Units
Cohort Studies
Incidence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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Oral care and bacteremia risk in mechanically ventilated adults. / Jones, Deborah J.; Munro, Cindy; Grap, Mary Jo; Kitten, Todd; Edmond, Michael.

In: Heart and Lung: Journal of Acute and Critical Care, Vol. 39, No. 6, 01.11.2010.

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Jones, Deborah J. ; Munro, Cindy ; Grap, Mary Jo ; Kitten, Todd ; Edmond, Michael. / Oral care and bacteremia risk in mechanically ventilated adults. In: Heart and Lung: Journal of Acute and Critical Care. 2010 ; Vol. 39, No. 6.
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