Hogan, R. (2009). Implementation of an oral care protocol and its effects on oral mucositis. Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing, 26, 125–135.doi: 10.1177/1043454209334356
To review current knowledge and provide guidance to clinicians regarding care for the prevention of mucositis, particularly pediatric patients
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This study has clinical applicability to pediatrics.
Experts generally agree that oral care is important and that oral care instructions should include brushing teeth 2–3 times per day, flossing, rinsing with a bland agent such as sterile water, using fluoride therapy, and using mouth moisturizers. These measures are recommended regardless of hematologic status. Experts recommend changing toothbrushes frequently. Dental assessments should be performed at initial diagnosis. This report provides a summary of the oral care guidelines of four organizations.
This report provides general recommendations for oral hygiene but no specific review of evidence or evidence quality.
This report provides a general overview and supports the development and implementation of specific protocols based on evidence for oral care.