The Connection Between a Healthy Mouth and Prevention of Hospital-Acquired Pneumonia

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The Connection Between a Healthy Mouth and Prevention of Hospital-Acquired Pneumonia
CE Credits
1 hour

There’s an emerging body of evidence associating the use of comprehensive oral care with a reduction in nonventilator hospital-acquired pneumonia (NVHAP). And it’s a critically important body of evidence, as NVHAP occurs in about 1 out of every 100 hospitalized patients and is associated with longer hospital stays, hospital readmissions, and increased health care costs.

Join a panel of experts to explore this research and the importance of the connection between healthy mouths and NVHAP. They’ll share their personal experiences, the latest evidence, and practical guidance on how to integrate oral care into overall care. They’ll also touch on the role of oral health care providers in a hospital setting and the importance of getting NVHAP added to CMS’ Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the connection between preventive oral health care and nonventilator hospital-acquired pneumonia (NVHAP).
  • Recognize why it’s critical to prevent NVHAP.
  • Identify the role oral health care providers should play in a hospital setting.
  • Explain the case for adding NVHAP to CMS’ Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program.
  • Discuss the benefits of integrating dental care and medical care.


Lisa Heaton, PhD, Science Writer, Analytics and Evaluation, CareQuest Institute for Oral Health


Karen Giuliano, PhD, MSN, MBA, Associate Professor of Elaine Marieb College of Nursing, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Frank A. Scannapieco, DMD, PhD, Chair and SUNY Distinguished Professor, Department of Oral Biology and Associate Dean for Faculty and Professional Development, School of Dental Medicine, State University of New York at Buffalo

Dian Baker, PhD, APRN, Professor Emeritus, School of Nursing, California State University, Sacramento; DB Consulting, LLC




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All participating instructors in this program have disclosed that they have the following financial arrangement or affiliation with the listed persons or entity(ies) offering financial support, products, and/or services mentioned or related to the content of this program/activity.
Lisa J. Heaton, PhD
Corporate Organization: CareQuest Institute