Live Webinar: Oral Hygiene as Prevention: Discovering the Links Between Oral Health, Respiratory Infection, and Sepsis
June 22 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Date: June 22, 2022
Time: 11am – 12pm PT / 2pm – 3pm ET
Poor oral hygiene is directly linked both to respiratory infections, like non-ventilator hospital-acquired pneumonia (NVHAP), and to sepsis, for which NVHAP is the most common pathway in acute care settings. Because NVHAP is associated with high ICU utilization rates, increased use of antibiotics, high readmission rates, and death, and because 50-80% of NVHAP cases result from oral infections, it is important for healthcare providers to understand the close interrelationship between oral health and serious infectious complications. This is especially vital in acute care settings, where patients admitted may already have depressed immune systems, making them more prone to secondary infections including those caused by bacteria that grow in the oral cavity and actively travel to the lungs.
In this live webinar, attendees will review the relationships between oral health, systemic health, respiratory infection, and sepsis, and will discuss the role of oral care as a key preventative measure for complications like NVHAP and bacterial sepsis.
Dian Baker, PhD, NP, RN
Professor and Clinical Faculty
School of Nursing, California State University, Sacramento and University of California, Davis Medical School.
Karen K. Giuliano, PhD, RN, FAAN, MBA
Co-Director, Elaine Marieb Center for Nursing and Engineering Innovation and Associate Professor (Joint)
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Frank A. Scannapieco, DMD, PhD
Chair and Professor of Oral Biology
University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine
CE Credits available!
Sepsis Alliance is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP17068 for 1.2 contact hours.
Other healthcare providers will receive a certificate of attendance for 1.0 contact hours.