The Cost of Pneumonia in Lives and Money: Is Oral Hygiene the Answer?:

Pneumonia can steal a life quickly! Patients dependent on others for oral care are at increased risk of pneumonia from aspiration of pathogenic oral bacteria. This is the oral-systemic connection at its worst. Can pneumonia be prevented with the power of a toothbrush? How does this apply to your world?

As we age, many of us may have loved ones in long-term institutional settings, or we ourselves may be more likely to be hospitalized for a health issue. Many hospitalized patients commonly develop a hospital-acquired pneumonia, with patients on ventilator life support in an ICU at the highest risk. Resulting mortality rates of roughly 20% in the US cost hospitals $40,000 per case, which is not reimbursable.

The number one reason a patient is transferred from a nursing home to the hospital is aspiration pneumonia. The number one cause of death in people with Parkinson's and Alzheimer's is also pneumonia. For hospitalized patients and people in long-term care, evidence-based studies have shown that improved levels of oral care can significantly improve the odds of avoiding this often deadly outcome.

Can dental professionals save both lives and hospital costs? This course will examine the latest evidence on the connection between pathogenic oral bacterial levels and the development of pneumonias. Dental professionals can all be knowledgeable advocates for improving levels of oral care in these situations. Learn the latest information to be sure this doesn't happen to you or someone you love.

• Review the morbidity, mortality, and costs of pneumonia and the connection to oral health.
• Define key components of a research-based, comprehensive institutional oral care protocol and the evidence for reducing pneumonia.
• Promote the value of dental professionals in improving outcomes in compromised health settings.

Cindy Kleiman

Cindy Kleiman, RDH, BS

Cindy Kleiman RDH, BS is an international speaker who graduated with her RDH degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She has spent her entire career working with the medically complex patient. She began her career at Moss Rehabilitation Hospital in Philadelphia, instilling in her a lifetime commitment to the special needs patient. When she moved to Phoenix, she founded the dental department at Good Samaritan Hospital Rehabilitation Institute. Cindy became faculty at Phoenix College in 1987, teaching the treatment of bedridden patients in the “Homebound” program. Cindy taught “Medical Histories and Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office” at the college for ten years. She also provided clinical care at a Phoenix nursing facility for 18 years. Currently Cindy consults with hospital ICU nurses throughout the world on control of oral infection, which may lead to a deadly condition called ventilator associated pneumonia. Cindy has published articles in both dental hygiene and nursing journals, including being a rare dental hygienist co-author in the prestigious American Journal of Critical Care. Cindy has been profiled in six national journals and has received five awards for providing unique care. Cindy’s courses are informative yet informal; she interacts with her audience in a style that is engaging and enjoyable. Cindy is available for booking in 2017 and beyond. Corporate sponsorship is often available for groups of sufficient size.

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