National oral hygiene scheme launched

Health Minister, Lesley Griffiths, has launched an oral health care improvement programme for the whole of Wales.

It's based on a scheme that's been running in the Abertawe Bro Morgannwg Health Board area, which aims to improve the quality and safety of mouth care for adult patients in hospital.

Mouth care is a vital part of nursing practice and there is lots of evidence that links poor oral hygiene with reduced quality of life, a longer stay in hospital and an increased risk of hospital-acquired infections, particularly respiratory diseases.

– Ros Davies, Oral Health Promotion Officer

The mouth care package, which includes best practice guidelines and care plans, was tested on a number of wards across the ABM health board before being finalised.