Oral Care for the Medically Complex Patient: From Intensive Care to Long-term Care

Care of the medically complex or disabled patient presents many challenges and rewards.  This course addresses oral-systemic problems and explores solutions in treating patients who have experienced traumatic brain injury, like ABC News’ Bob Woodruff, spinal cord injury, like Christopher Reeve, or a stroke, like Dick Clark. Hear accounts of how the presenter learned through trial and error, as she relates, with a light-hearted and compassionate style, her more than 25 years of experience covering the full spectrum of patient care, from ICU through rehab to long-term care.


  • Cite evidence-based research connecting oral care with critically ill patient care
  • Explain the oral hygiene connection to Ventilator Associated Pneumonia
  • Describe medical manifestations of various types of neurologically compromised patients
  • Provide appropriate care utilizing efficient techniques