Chlorhexidine Oral Care - Controversies Examined

Oral healthcare in ICU - what is the latest evidence?

The lecture duration is 33min.

0.75 CPD Points, 0.75 CEUs, 0.75 CME credits approval pending.
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Stijn Blot
Research Professor at Ghent University, Belgium
Lecture Summary

Despite limited evidence, chlorhexidine oral care is used worldwide in the prevention of intubation-related pneumonia as it is recommended by leading health institutions. Recent research, however, questions the safety of this practice with a trend towards increased mortality in meta-analyses and a solid association with mortality in a large hospital-wide cohort study.

Target Audience

Critical Care Nurses
Trainee Critical Care Doctors

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, you should be able to:

  • Appreciate the available evidence for using chlorhexidine oral care in the first place
  • Balance eventual pro's and con's for this practice
  • Reflect on the need for chlorhexidine oral care in daily practice

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