Evidence-Based Practice

Implementation of an Oral Care Protocol to Promote Early Detection and Management of Stomatitis

Jane Caplinger

Mary Royse

Jennifer Martens

CJON 2010, 14(6), 799-802. DOI: 10.1188/10.CJON.799-802

This project aimed to promote early identification and treatment of stomatitis in patients with cancer receiving head and neck radiation and chemotherapy. A literature review revealed criteria for identifying high-risk patients, interventions to minimize risk, oral assessment tools, treatment protocols, and instructions for a comprehensive oral examination. Thorough and accurate oral care assessments by RNs, promotion of oral care protocols, and early patient education will improve symptom management and quality of life in this population.

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