One of the many side effects of chemotherapy is mouth inflammation.
Oral hygiene program reduces infections among young cancer patients at Johns Hopkins
It's common for cancer patients to experience chapped lips and sores on their gums, ailments that increase their risk for infection, particularly mucosal barrier infection, which develops from bacteria in an open sore. For kids, this infection often lands them in the intensive-care unit and some can even die, said Deborah Del Favero, senior director of nursing at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital.
The St. Petersburg, Fla., hospital implemented an oral care bundle in September 2016 to help patients maintain good oral hygiene during chemotherapy and prevent infection.
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