PeriCare question

Nurses Men


Serious question to all male caregivers/ nurses.

I'm a "mom"--my son (caregiver/ in nursing school) came home from work telling me about an unusual event at work. A male RN told him that he, "used a special cocktail" for pericare on male patients..Chlorhexidene, rinse-free shampoo....and mint mouthwash.

The item of concern is the mouthwash.

Any insight as to why this might be used?


Thank you..I appreciate it very much.

Specializes in Telemetry, Primary Care.

Maybe he mixed some mint mouthwash for the smell? Or maybe the RN was just telling him the supplies he grabs in total for a full cleaning of the patient. I've come across some really nasty pericare and smells but never had to use mint mouthwash. If it's an odor issue, baby powder/fungal powder and/or odor remover sprays from the supplies usually does the trick. 

Specializes in LTC, SCI/TBI Rehab,RX Research, Psych.

Thank you for your reply--I know that this was a very odd / atypical question.

I appreciate the insight.


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