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An Evaluation of Rapid Oral Bacterial Detection Apparatus for an Oral Healthcare Service

  • Keiko Aoki
  • Kenju Akai
  • Noriko Yoshida
  • Yoshiko Aoki
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Abstract

This study evaluates the efficacy of a new rapid oral bacterial detection apparatus for an oral healthcare service. Sixty-five long-term-care patients at six private hospitals in Japan were followed for 3 months to evaluate quality of life (QOL) on the basis of vital signs (body temperature in particular), the Kohnan prolonged consciousness disturbances scale, and the modified oral assessment guide (MOAG). The results for all hospitals show that the number of bacteria is significantly lower after oral care than before oral care, along with the number of patients running a fever. The reduction in the number of bacteria shows an improving trend for all study hospitals as evaluated by the MOAG.

Keywords

Long-term nursing care New health apparatus Oral healthcare service QOL 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Keiko Aoki
    • 1
  • Kenju Akai
    • 2
  • Noriko Yoshida
    • 3
  • Yoshiko Aoki
    • 4
  1. 1.Center for Transdisciplinary ResearchNiigata UniversityNiigataJapan
  2. 2.The University of TokyoTokyoJapan
  3. 3.Takeda Hospital GroupKyotoJapan
  4. 4.Graduate School of Health Care Science, Jikei InstituteOsakaJapan

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