Dryness of mouth in PACU

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    I am trying to gather evidence/literature that lemon glycerine swabs in PACU are not helping the patients relieve their dry mouths. Any suggestions? Thank you.
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    I did a brief google search and came up with this article:

    http://www.cancersupportivecare.com/drug.php

    Mentions use of lemon-glycerine swabs potentially contributing to dry mouth, as the glycerine dehydrates (article is written in context of supportive care for people undergoing rad. and chemotx).

    I have no direct experience to contribute, hope someone is able/willing to chime in to help.

    Good luck!
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    We use those pink, minty swabs. I was surprised that when I read the ingredients listed on the swab, "mannitol" was one of the ingredients.

    I believe in ice chips, I used them sparingly, but they really help the patient to be more comfortable. I've also found I need less pain medication if patients are perceiving our attempts at distraction and making them more comfortable.
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    We just pulled all the lemon swabs I guess because of this article - but I couldn't find anything about it in the linked article.

    Now we just use the pink sponge swabs dipped in ice water. Then, we graduate to ice chips. I think a lot of the patients disliked the lemon swabs - they tasted kind of funky anyway.
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    We use ice chips and graduate to sips of water. This seems to work well.
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    I can't see Lemon-Glycerin swabs helping when even sips of cold water don't help - it just takes time - most of our pts are given Atropine in the early intraop phase to reduce oral secretions,leaving them with an intensely dry mouth when they wake up in PACU
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    Narcotics also add to the dry mouth!
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    I wish I had the exact resources but I fought this at the surgical hospital I recently left because I had read varying reports that these swabs do contribute to dry mouth and are damaging to the mucosa. When I would find them on the unit I would get rid of them because of that. And also because we dealt with healthy post-surgical patients who should be drinking fluids anyway.
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    We never use these. I didn't even know they still made them! We use the green foam swabs and dip them in H2O.
    If they are awake enough we use ice chips.


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