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Mouth Care

Providing Mouth Care - The Unconscious Resident

Step 1 Knock before entering the room. Identify and greet resident. Explain procedure. Perform hand hygiene. Provide for privacy.
Step 2 * Raise bed rails. Raise the bed to best level for good body mechanics.
Step 3 Lower the bed rail nearest you.
Step 4 * Put on disposable gloves. Position the resident in the side lying position, facing you. Turn resident’s head well to the side.
Step 5 Place the towel under the resident’s face. Place kidney/emesis basin under the chin.
Step 6 Clean the chewing and inner surfaces of the teeth using appropriate supplies.
Step 7 Swab the roof of the mouth, inside of the cheeks, and the lips using appropriate supplies.
Step 8 Swab the tongue using appropriate supplies.
Step 9 Moisten a clean sponge swab with water, and swab the mouth to rinse.
Step 10 Apply moisturizer to the resident’s lips.
Step 11 * Remove and discard the gloves. Empty, clean, store and discard disposable supplies.
Step 12 Reposition the resident. Provide for comfort.
Step 13 * Raise side rail. Lower bed. Lower side rail. Attach signal light within resident’s reach.
Step 14 Perform hand hygiene and report & record observations.
Created by: na3