Study Finds Toothbrushing Key to Preventing Pneumonia in ICU Patients, Leads to U.S. Guideline Changes


A study led by researchers at the University of Toronto and its partner hospitals has contributed to a major change in American guidelines for pneumonia prevention among ICU patients on mechanical ventilators.

The study, published late last year, was among the first in the world to show that the oral rinse should be discontinued and oral care, including tooth brushing, should be implemented instead.

The updated U.S. guideline governs care in all U.S. hospitals and has been approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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