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Highly Accessed Letter

Toothbrushing for preventing ventilator-associated pneumonia

Sonia O Labeau12 and Stijn I Blot1234*

Author Affiliations

1 Faculty of Education, Health and Social Work, University College Ghent, Ghent, Belgium

2 Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium

3 Department of General Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases, Ghent University Hospital, Ghent, Belgium

4 University Hospital Ghent, De Pintelaan 185, 9000 Ghent, Belgium

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Critical Care 2013, 17:417  doi:10.1186/cc12511


See related research by Gu et al., http://ccforum.com/content/16/5/R190

Published: 5 March 2013

First paragraph (this article has no abstract)

Research on the potential contribution of oral care in preventing ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) has led to the generally accepted practice of using oral antiseptic agents [1]; however, the value of toothbrushing remains controversial.