Medline VAPrevent oral care system easier to use

Medline has enhanced its VAPrevent oral care program, which was created to help clinicians complete oral care on ventilated patients to reduce the risk of ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP).

A major cause of VAP is oral bacteria that thrive in dental plaque and oropharyngeal secretions, making their way into the lungs by way of a mechanical ventilator. To prevent VAP, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends cleaning the inside of the patient's mouth on a regular basis.

Medline's newly designed system features a dispensing mechanism that contains individual procedure kits designed to make it easier to perform around-the-clock oral care on ventilated patients.

New features in Medline's enhanced VAPrevent oral care kit include the following:

  • Chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) pharmacy packs
  • Ergonomic suction handle
  • Connectors swivel to stop hose kinks and maintain strong suction
  • Thumb-port adapter converts straight suction tools to on/off tools
  • Solid-board outer packaging now compatible with corrugate-free environments
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