Image showing three illustrations of a patient at various stages of acuity, labeled "Vented", "Non-vented", and "Intubated".
Image showing three illustrations of a patient at various stages of acuity, labeled "Vented", "Non-vented", and "Intubated".

Protect all your patients from pneumonia

Proper oral hygiene can help address risk factors for pneumonia across the continuum of care


Oral Care for All | Stryker

Pneumonia is the #1
hospital-acquired infection (HAI)1

It happens far too often. A patient enters the hospital and develops pneumonia. The stats don’t lie - pneumonia is the most common hospital-acquired infection (HAI).1 The risk is real and not just for ventilated or elderly patients in the ICU. Pneumonia can strike patients in every unit of the hospital. It’s estimated that one in every 100 patients will be affected by non-ventilator hospital-acquired pneumonia (NV-HAP).2

In a multistate prevalence study, 65% of hospital-acquired pneumonia was non-ventilator associated pneumonia (NV-HAP).3

An illustration depicting pneumonia in human lungs with a pie chart callout of pneumonia types that reads 65% NV-HAP and 35% VAP

Why it matters

Your hospital can take action to prevent NV-HAP while improving the quality of care and patient safety, lowering the risk of sepsis, reducing health care costs, and saving lives.2

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of NV-HAP patients
develop sepsis4

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of NV-HAP patients
are readmitted within 30 days5

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NV-HAP mortality rate5

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6.5 days

Length of stay increase
for NV-HAP patients6

Action is needed

Address the risk factors associated with pneumonia throughout the continuum of care:

Sage Self Oral Care can help you reduce the risk of pneumonia

The all-in-one, single-use system provides thorough oral care at the bedside and doesn’t require nurse assistance to use.





NV-HAP prevention guidelines

ADA evidenced-based protocol7

  • Brush two - four times a day
  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush
  • Use plaque-removing toothpaste
  • Use sodium bicarbonate
  • Use a non petroleum-based moisturizer

Dependent patients

  • Use 24-hour suction toothbrush kits for high aspiration-risk patients
  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush

Edentulate patients (2 times a day)

  • For patients with dentures, remove and soak dentures
  • Brush gums and mouth
  • Prevent patients from sleeping with dentures in place

AACN guideline recommendations8

  • Brush four times a day (after each meal, before bedtime)
  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush
  • Use an alcohol-free antiseptic oral rinse
  • Use non petroleum-based moisturizer
  • Use therapeutic toothpaste

Dependent patients

  • Brush with a suction toothbrush

Edentulate patients

  • If no teeth or dentures, gently brush gums, tongue four times a day

Let’s lower hospital-acquired pneumonia rates—together

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