Chlorhexidine Oral Care - Controversies Examined

Oral healthcare in ICU - what is the latest evidence?

1 CPD Points, 1 CEUs, 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.
Providers: CPDUK, CBRN, EB Medicine

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Prof Stijn Blot help_outline
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
Release Date

1 November 2020

Termination Date

31 October 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 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Needs Assessment

The need for this educational activity was determined by surveys of the target audience and experts in the specialty. Further assessment was provided by examining the topics of recently published evidence-based medicine reviews, national clinical guidelines, and specialty society recommendations, as well as suggestions from evaluations of previous learning programs to determine practice gaps.

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Earning Credit

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