Oral Care Is a Basic Fundamental Nursing Care in ICU and Home Care
Oral care is one of the fundamental basic Nursing Care to maintain personal hygeine both in hospital setting and home care for all patient. Oral health is a good step to understand your health status, and any possibility of bacteria in your mouth which can affect the rest of your body causing psychological and pathophysiological changes to your health. Many organ systems in our body can be affected if oral care is poorly handled. The mouth can be affected though most bacteria can be harmless, however, the body has natural defense against bacteria which can prevent penetration of bacteria into our blood system if care is taking to maintain good health and good immume system. Daily brushing and flossing is recommended by the Dentist to keep bacteria under control. However, poor oral hygiene can reach the level of acquiring oral infection causing tooth decay, gum disease, pain and offensive breadth.
Physiologically, oral infection and inflammation caused by periodontitis can have severe role to play in some diseases such as Cardiovasuclar, HIV (AIDS), Osteoporosis, Dementia, Mental illness, Mental Health, Diabetes, Alzheimer. Some other conditions that might be linked to oral health include eating disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, head and neck cancers, and Sjogren’s syndrome.
In contrast some medication can reduce saliva flow and saliva washes away food and neutralises acid that is produced by bacteria in the mouth. Pain killers, diurectic and antidepressants can reduce saliva flow, it is essential to visit your dentist on time, early intervention in medicine leads to early recovery. While you can, visit your Dentist and acknowledge your appointments.
Personal Care: Saint Alexandra Nurses take this aspect of care very seriously. Oral care enhances refreshment of the mouth, but most especially it nourishes and refreshes the body and mind leading to a sound positive pschological state. Brushing out teeth daily as we were told by the Dentist to brush twice a day, however, some people with certain types of job are likely to brush their teeth after every meal. Our patients are critically ill and some are ventilated and in need of a good oral care to prevent Ventilator and Endotracheal Tube acquired infection while tracheostomy care becomes equally extremely important, some are elderly and need support to achieve this aspect of activities of daily living, whle some are too ill receiving palliative care.
Oral care is an essential part of Nursing Care adding to over-all Personal Care. We cherish our patients cleanliness, we give total personal care, we are able to wash your hair, dry and style, cut the gentman’s hair, eye lids, eyes brows, hair in the nose and ears, shaving, brush your teeth and offer mouth wash and lip balm, keeping your mouth moisture and fresh. We also get fully involve in your activities of daily living, we can wash your feet, massage and oil them giving you total skin care. We will feed you to your satisfaction no hurry at all, we will keep you company and read your favourite books to you, be your new best friend giving you bundle of generous care because you deserve it!
Care is beautiful once it comes from the inner-most heart. It is a privilleage to be able to care for others. We have passion in doing this at Saint Alexandra as Care is Life to Us!
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