An Investigation of Pediatric Nurses' Oral Care Practices

Betül Yavuz, Gülçin Özalp Gerçeker, Merve Gümüş, Hatice Bal Yılmaz
2020 Journal of Pediatric Research  
Aim: Oral care is a standard practice used to reduce ventilator-associated pneumonia in intensive care units and in the treatment of chemotherapy-induced oral mucositis. This research examines the oral care practices of pediatric nurses. Materials and Methods: This is a descriptive and cross-sectional study. Its sample was composed of 90 nurses working in the pediatric services of a university hospital in western Turkey from March to December 2016. The research data was collected using a
more » ... mographic data form and the Oral Care Practices Information Form. Results: Of the nurses, 62.2% had received oral care education. There were statistical differences in oral diagnosis in terms of clinic, work shift, the making of oral diagnoses before each oral care practice, oral care frequency and the number of patients with impaired oral mucosal integrity (p<0.05). Conclusion: Nurses need training about oral care that is up to date with the literature to manage oral care practices more effectively.
doi:10.4274/jpr.galenos.2019.51422 fatcat:5xetofglffhevdfboqjzpd73bi