After conducting an intense investigation on the databases of Hospital X, where the researcher works, no standardised oral hygiene protocol was found. Oral assessment charts and the equipment utilized in the Hospital X’s ICU has not been updated since 2010. Therefore, the education learning package will be presented the Hospital X’s ICU nurses with aim
To educate the ICU nurses with best evidence-based knowledge available on oral care including respiratory anatomy, physiology and disease processes and its effects on oral health care
To assess the challenges and barriers that nursing professionals face in their duty to provide oral care to the ICU patients
To determine and demonstrate different methods of oral hygiene practices in the management of ICU patients’ oral care using evidence-based research
To effectively perform an oral assessment with all instances of care and to properly document these assessments on observation charts and progress notes.