Aspiration pneumonia is a common complication of stroke and is associated with increased mortality and poor outcomes.  Current evidence suggests an association between poor oral hygiene and respiratory pathogens, and a decrease in the incidence of pneumonia when intensified oral hygiene is implemented .  There is evidence that access to staff training, assessments, protocols and oral hygiene material varies considerably .  Hence this project was chosen by stroke clinical study group as a priority area and is funded by Eastern Academic Health Science Network. 

The aims of this project are to:

  1. Develop and implement a training programme for nursing staff and other allied health professionals involved in the care of stroke patients
  2. Roll out a tested structured oral care protocol in stroke units in the region
  3. Assess the impact of the training programme on the knowledge of and attitudes of oral care in stroke patients.

Each stroke unit will have a 'clinical champion' who will be your key point of contact.  On successful completion of this module, you will be able to print a certificate as evidence of your CPD.  As part of this module, you will be required to complete both a pre and a post course assessment.  An evaluation of  all the responses given as part of these assessments will be carried out and collated to determine the impact of the project. 

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