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Överskrift An individual training programme for speeding up prolonged oral sugar clearance in hospitalized elderly patients. A pilot study.
Upplaga 16(6)
Sidor 239-45
Överskrift An individual training programme for speeding up prolonged oral sugar clearance in hospitalized elderly patients. A pilot study.
Beskrivning The aim of this pilot study was to evaluate an individual programme for speeding up prolonged oral sugar clearance in hospitalised elderly patients. Six patients at a university hospital for geriatric medicine, aged 67-85 years, completed a 6-week study. Every second week one of the authors gave: 1) information on the importance of oral sugar clearance for oral health, 2) instruction in oral hygiene, and 3) professional tooth cleaning. Moreover, the staff responsible for each patient provided 1) massage and training of the lips, cheeks and tongue shortly before each main meal, 3 times daily, 2) supervision of chewing on a sugar-free chewing gum for at least 20 min, 4 times daily, and 3) support and encouragement of the patients throughout the day. Salivary glucose clearance was measured both sublingually and vestibularly in the lower jaw after chewing a glucose tablet and after a mouth rinse with 10% glucose solution. There was a clear tendency that the oral sugar clearance was reduced after the 6-week period and some of the reductions in the clearance variables were statistically significant. All patients, especially those suffering from cerebral haemorrhage, reported an improved ability to chew while proceeding with the programme, which was also confirmed by the staff. The main conclusion from this pilot study is therefore that it might be possible to speed up prolonged oral sugar clearance in elderly hospitalised patients using an individual training programme.
Källa Swed Dent J
Publicerad 1992
Författare Birkhed D, Grennert ML., Hase JC, Hilbert JE, Sforzo GA, Swensen T, Thornqvist E

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