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- by spacey Jul 3, '10Since 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? ......
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- Jul 4, '10 by NebraskaRNUpstate NY regional medical center
- Jul 5, '10 by aerorunner80We use the NS bullets that we also use to clean out our Ballards after suctioning. Typically we put just a tiny amount in the mouth to loosen the secretions and then use the nasal aspirator to suction it out. If we have a baby who is particularly gooey in the mouth, we will use the suction cathters (still using the NS bullets) to get more in the back of the mouth.
- Jul 6, '10 by Bortaz, RNWe swab the mouths with these little pink-headed spungy swabs-on-a-stick, sort of lemon-y tasting...dip them in sterile water and swab the gunk away. Also suction with a typical oral suction thing-a-ma-bob.
- Jul 7, '10 by BittyBabyGrowerWe use sterile water and a toothette or a guaze. and yuck to the saline bullets...would you want salt water in your mouth!
We are looking into breastmilk for mouthcare too...that is going to be a PI project for our unit.
- Jul 13, '10 by Preemie2RNWe use Sage Oral care packets- it contains several swabs, mouth rinse (used on the swabs) and a mouth moisturizer. We have had really good success with this product.
- Aug 14, '10 by tarabrooke77Children's Mercy KCMO
Sterile water with mouth swabs and nasal aspirator
- Sep 2, '10 by tex-annaSaline and sterile q-tips.
- Sep 3, '10 by NebraskaRNand gauze or q-tips.....Tampa area regional medical center: sterile water, gauze, q-tips, and pink tipped oral care swabs
- Sep 4, '10 by MegNeoNurseYuck to normal saline!! I wouldn't like the salt water in my mouth either.... I miss VAP guard We get an order for Biotene. This comes up from pharmacy, 1 per patient, its on oral gel that we swab the mouth with on a cotton tipped applicator. It's an iterim solution until we find something comperable to VAP guard. Some people in our unit will use breast milk as well applied in the same fashion.