An oral hygiene care in cognitive impairment patients by gauze: Is it really safe care method?

Jae Hee Lee, Keon Kim, Sung Jin Bae, Yoon Hee Choi

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Abstract

Oral hygiene care (OHC) is associated with in-hospital infection. Among the many materials used for OHC, gauze is one of the most common. However, many patients receiving OHC are in a poor state of consciousness and thus at high risk of foreign-body aspiration or ingestion. Herewe present three cases of unusual foreign-body obstruction that developed in cognitively impaired patients. These cases highlight the need for increased clinical awareness regarding vulnerable patients at risk of complications related to a foreign body in the gastrointestinal tract or the airway.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)255-257
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Journal of Gerontology
Volume13
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2019

Keywords

  • Airway obstruction
  • Emergency
  • Foreign bodies
  • Oral hygiene care

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