Assess the Practices of Nurses Regarding Oral Care of Intubated Patients in ICU

Hussna Khan, Kousar Perveen, Muhammad Afzal, Syed Amir Gilani


Mouth care is very important for everyone. Good mouth care is preventing from bad breath, oral infection, teeth infection and oral mucositis. Good oral care is maintaining the good overall health. Nurses will not give mouth care to intubated clients than clients will get many other oral infections due to poor oral care.Aim of the current study is to assess critical care nurses’ practices related to mouth care of mechanically ventilated with the equivalent factors. This was a descriptive cross-sectional study done in 15Feraury to 15March 2020 in Government hospital. A total of 152 critical care nurses were included in the study through convenient sampling technique. Data was collected through checklist by researcher.Result of the study revealed that out of 152 participants, 60.5% (n=92) participants washed their hand prior to given oral care to the patient and 39.5 % (n= 60) do not washed their hand prior to given oral care to the patient which show poor practice. Finding of the study also show that out of 152 participants, 47.37% (n=72) participants elevated head of the bed to at least 30 degree unless contraindicated and 52.63% (80) respondent not do such practices.Mouth care is a standard procedure.The presence of different mouth care practices demonstrates that there is a need of a standardized mouth care protocol.This study has offered significant understanding of nurse’s practice regarding oral care of intubated patients in ICU and has identified regions for future improvement in our government hospital.

Keywords: Nurses, ICU, Practice, Oral, Care, Intubated, Patients,Participants

DOI: 10.7176/JHMN/77-06

Publication date:July 31st 2020

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