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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
Eddi Cohen has been a critical care clinician and an internationally known speaker/author for over 35 years. She divides her time between Sydney and Los Angeles, California. She is the medical director of Mobile Medical Systems International (Australia) and a clinical nurse consultant with EMS Network International (USA). Eddi’s professional background includes, among other things, management, administrative, and clinical positions in trauma centres, ICU, aeromedicine, and prehospital care/EMS. Eddi strives to change nursing practices from "tradition-based" to "evidence-based" protocols. She...

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