A simple tool may help identify pneumonia risk and be useful for care planning


Given a potential link between mouth care and pneumonia, knowing which residents are at higher risk for pneumonia may help staff prioritize mouth care. Study details available at: Sloane PD, Zimmerman S, Ward K, Reed D, Preisser JS, Weber DJ. (2017). The nursing home pneumonia risk index: A simple, valid MDS-based method of identifying 6-month risk for pneumonia and mortality. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 18(9), 810.e11‐810.e14.