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2022 Spring Scientific Session Speakers

The Cost of Pneumonia World-Wide in Lives and Money: Is Oral Hygiene the Answer?

Pneumonia can steal a life quickly! Patients dependent on others for oral care are at increased risk of pneumonia from aspiration of pathogenic oral bacteria. Can pneumonia be prevented with the power of a toothbrush? This course explores research by a dental hygienist and nurse practitioner to establish interdisciplinary oral care protocols to prevent pneumonia in high-risk populations.

Patients on life support may develop Ventilator-associated Pneumonia (VAP), while others may develop a hospital-acquired pneumonia. Resulting mortality rates of roughly 20% in the US cost hospitals $40,000 per case, which is not reimbursable. Can RDHs save both lives and hospital costs?

Oral assessment guides and protocols will be detailed, along with evidence of significant disease reduction with interdisciplinary care. Incorporation of dental hygienists as members of multidisciplinary hospital teams will be examined. Potential for expansion of the protocol into other underserved populations will be explored.

Presented by Cindy Kleiman, RDH, BS, Oral Care Consultant and Speaker

Cindy Kleiman, RDH, BS is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. She has spent her entire career working with the medically complex patient.  She began her career in Philadelphia’s Moss Rehabilitation Hospital, instilling in her a lifetime commitment to persons with disabilities.  When she moved to Phoenix, Arizona she was singularly influential in the founding of the dental department at Good Samaritan Medical Center’s Rehabilitation Institute.  In 1987, Ms. Kleiman became adjunct faculty at Phoenix College, where she coordinated the statewide “Homebound” dental program for eight years. She then taught “Medical Histories and Medical Emergencies” for ten years and was a certified CPR instructor.  Ms. Kleiman is an international consultant to hospitals on in-patient oral care and was an integral contributor to Dr. Virginia Prendergast’s randomized clinical trial. She also provides clinical care at a local nursing facility.  


Somedays You’re the Pigeon, Somedays You’re the Statue

Be prepared to laugh and learn as you discover what many people feel is the most challenging part of their work - THE PEOPLE!! Sales reps and customers...managers and direct reports...teachers and (heck, even husbands and wives... parents and children) Relationships! It all boils down to relationships. You see,​

Words Impact Relationships
Relationships Impact Culture
Culture Impacts Results​

There is a direct Correlation between the words we use and the results we get. Learn the secret to bringing out the best in yourself and others and discover how easy it is to create a better place to live and work. This is the most frequently requested program we conduct as it is hilarious and "throws a wide net" making it immediately applicable to everyone in an organization. 

Presented by Dave Weber, President & CEO Weber Associates

Dave Weber is the President and CEO of Weber Associates. An internationally recognized speaker, author, and trainer, Dave is one of the country's most sought after speakers. Presenting over 160 times a year to tens of thousands, his high energy and entertaining style, combined with great content make him a crowd favorite at meeting conferences and conventions. His momma loves him, and you will too!

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