Since the disappearance of VAP-guard ...... what are other units using for oral care?
It would be great to make a survey -- we are sort of not doing anything but we are considering:
(a) Normal Saline
(b) Sterile Water
(c) Breast Milk -- for those babies whose moms are pumping.
None of the products being used in PICU have been tested on neonates -- so we have ruled those out. Thoughts? ......
We have kits made per our NICU's protocol. Right now we are using untreated petite applicator swabs and wetting them with either sterile water or breast milk (if available). The kids are made by Trademark Medical. They have really helped our units compliance. Good luck!
Last edit by nicu/nurse on Oct 6, '11