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Skin and Oral Hygiene in Aged Care

Skin and oral hygiene are significant issues for the elderly, and dental issues in particular are often missed in everyday care. Prevention is the key to reducing infections, and this starts with changing the most basic of practices in oral and skin hygiene. Applying science and technology to hygiene practices ensures resident comfort, effective skin care, and oral health, elevating the most fundamental of nursing procedures to a newer evolving standard. This chapter explores the evidence behind best practice oral and skin care, and examines the benefits associated with contemporary practices that are of benefit to all older persons.

Contents include

  • Skin damage
  • Evidence based standards of skin care
  • Incontinence and moisture related dermatitis
  • Best practice in bathing
  • Oral care
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R.N.,B.S., MICN, CCRN, CFRN (ret), Clinical Nurse Consultant, Sydney, Australia / Santa Monica, California USA
An Internationally known speaker / author for over 30 years on a variety of subjects, including Disaster Management, Ms. Cohen’s professional background has included positions in Aeromedicine, Prehospital Care / EMS, Trauma Centers and ICU. Her clinical experiences range from the ground to the air including civilian, fire and military perspectives in the management of mulit-casualty situations. Eddi’s clinical roles have included Clinical Nurse Specialist, Chief Flight Nurse, Mobile Intensive Care Nurse and member of the LA International Airport First Aid Team and the American Red Cross...

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