Development of an oral care guide for patients undergoing autologous stem cell transplantation

Prisco T. Salvador


Nurses identified oral mucositis as a recurring issue in clinical practice. To meet this challenge, a group of nurses took a leadership role in developing an oral care guide. The University Health Network Nursing Research Utilization Model and the Neuman Systems Model served as conceptual frameworks. A flowchart was developed to ensure a coordinated and continuous provision of oral care. Educational presentations were conducted to familiarize nurses and members of the multidisciplinary team of the practice changes. The introduction of the oral care regimen as primary prevention, plus systematic oral assessment and monitoring had the potential to reduce the occurrence and severity of oral mucositis in patients undergoing autologous stem cell transplantation.

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