Chlorhexidine Oral Care: controversies examined

Professor Stijn Blot

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Lecture overview

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.

Learning Objectives:
By the end of this lecture, the attendee will be able to:

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

This lecture is equal to 1 CE Contact Hour, 1 CPD Hour, and 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit


Additional CME Info

Release Date: February 1, 2020, Termination Date: January 31, 2023

Accreditation: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of EB Medicine and Continulus. EB Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation: EB Medicine designates this internet enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ per lecture. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Commercial Support: This activity received no commercial support.

Earning Credit: In order to earn CME credit, the participant must take the pre-test, listen to the lecture, take the CME post-test, and complete the post-test evaluation.

Duration 1 hour(s).

Lecture speaker

Prof. Stijn Blot

Stijn Blot is research professor at Ghent University and honorary professor at The University of Queensland. His research focus is on various aspects of healthcare-associated infections in critically ill patients. He is unique through his varied background that allows bridging distinct disciplines and interpreting clinical data in an exclusive way. He succeeded to consolidate a solid reputation in research and established a firm international network of collaborators. He is editor of 12 books, (co-) author of 40 books/book chapters and 287 publications indexed in the Web of Science adding to a h-index of 56. His research is acknowledged with multiple national and international awards and in 2015 he was inducted in the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame of the STTI Honor Society of Nursing.


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