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Dignity Health Foundation - East Valley

Oral Health: Integrating the Dental Hygienist in the Intensive Care Unit

Project Type: 
Oral Health Impact on Overall Health
Amount Awarded: 
$25,000
Grant Type: 
DTA Foundation
Year: 
2018

This three-month pilot project will embed a Registered Dental Hygienist into the Medical and Trauma Intensive Care Units at Dignity Health, Chandler Regional Medical Center (CRMC) and replace some of the current oral health care products being used for patient care. The hygienist will provide oral health care to patients with advanced airways in an effort to reduce the incidence of Infection-Related Ventilator Association Complications (IVAC) and Possible Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia (PVAP).