Grit Your Teeth and Smile: Oral Care Knowledge and Practices in Rehabilitation

Principal Investigator: Susan B. Fowler, PhD, RN, CNRN, FAHA

Orlando Health; 321.841.8166; Susan.Fowler@orlandohealth.com

Co-investigator:  Vicki Lewis, M.A., CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist; Orlando Regional Medical Center

 

 

You are invited to participate in a survey about oral care knowledge and practices because you work in an acute or subacute rehabilitation facility and your job title is Registered Nurse, Licensed Practical Nurse, Certified Nursing Assistant, Nursing Technician, or other title reflecting the nursing assistant role. 

 

The survey consists of some demographic questions and 23 other questions selected from other oral care surveys.  It will take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete the survey.  Your responses are recorded anonymously and the results will be presented in an aggregate format. 

 

Possible discomforts associated with the study may be concerns about your oral care practices.  There are no direct benefits from participation in the study. However, findings will help direct future activities related to oral care.

 

Your participation is voluntary.  There is no cost to you for participating. You may choose not to answer a specific question but completeness is encouraged. 

 

All research data collected will be stored securely and confidentially in a locked area.  No information will personally identify you.

 

This study has been deemed non human subject research by an Institutional Review Board. The survey is open until 09/30/2019.

 

For questions please contact the primary investigator, Susan Fowler, PhD, RN, at 321-841-8166.  If you are unable to reach the researchers and have general questions, or you have concerns or complaints about the research or questions about your rights as a research subject, please contact the IRB by phone at (321) 843-2584

 

Thank you for your participation.

 

 

You are not required to sign a consent form to participate in this study.  Answering questions and providing data acknowledges your consent.

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* 1. Age

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* 2. Gender

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* 3. Job Title

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* 4. Years in practice (based on your job title)

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* 5. Type of facility employed

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* 6. Primary population you care for

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* 7. Did you receive oral health education during your professional education/training?

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* 8. In any given day, what percentage of time is oral care performed by or with assistance from the RN?

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* 9. In any given day, what percentage of time is oral care performed by or with assistance from the LPN?

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* 10. In any given day, what percentage of time is oral care performed by or with assistance from the Nursing Assistant/Technician?

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* 11. In any given day, what percentage of time is oral care performed by or with assistance from the Occupational Therapist?

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* 12. Oral care is currently provided to patients with enough frequency and quality to ensure a healthy mouth.

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* 13. Oral care is a high priority in caring for a rehabilitation patient.

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* 14. Cleaning the oral cavity is an unpleasant task.

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* 15. The oral cavity is difficult to clean.

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* 16. What benefits do you see to performing regular oral care with non-trached, non-ventilated patients? (check all that apply)

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* 17. Which of the following patients are most at risk for developing non-ventilator hospital-acquired pneumonia? (check all that apply)

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* 18. In a 24-hour period, how often is oral care USUALLY performed on your unit?

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* 19. What times is oral care USUALLY performed on your unit? (check all that apply)

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* 20. What equipment is available for oral care on your unit? (check all that apply)

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* 21. There are enough supplies readily available to provide oral care on my unit.

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* 22. I have adequate time to provide comprehensive oral care on a daily basis.

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* 23. On a TYPICAL day, which of the following are barriers to performing regular oral care with your patients? (check all that apply)

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* 24. Research has shown that foam swabs (toothettes) are more effective than tooth brushing for plaque removal.

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* 25. Standardized oral care practice increases the risk of aspiration pneumonia to susceptible patients by introducing more microorganisms into the oral cavity.

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* 26. Dental plaque is capable of becoming colonized with MRSA.

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* 27. Lemon glycerin swabs are useful in moisturizing the oral mucosa.

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* 28. Low levels of saliva influence the development of dental caries by causing the oral environment to become more alkaline.

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* 29. Which of the following factors influence the need for an oral assessment to be completed every shift? (check all that apply)

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* 30. Please enter any comments related to oral care.

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