The NICE guidance covers patients who are on a ventilator and have a tube placed into their mouth, nose or through the neck and down into their windpipe. Healthcare professionals should:
- make sure these patients are sitting up or leaning back supported for as much of the time as possible. This will not be appropriate for all patients (for example, those with injuries to the spine)
- make sure an antiseptic is included as part of the mouth care routine for these patients.