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:
- Develop and implement a training programme for nursing staff and other allied health professionals involved in the care of stroke patients
- Roll out a tested structured oral care protocol in stroke units in the region
- 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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