Reply To: Chlorhexidine Mouth Rinses

  • Christopher Williams

    September 14, 2016 at 8:20 am

    Hi Chris,

    Here at our institution in Melbourne we have moved away from chlorhexidine mouthwash and have adopted chlorhexidine gel over the last several years, and only in patients with risk criteria. However we still use jumbo swabs in infants. You can link to the local guideline at:

    Clinical Guidelines (Nursing) : Mouth Care – Oral Care of the paediatric oncology patient and haematopoieitic stem cell transplant patient

    Regards, Chris.

    Christopher Williams, RN
    Clinical Nurse Consultant Paediatric Oncology
    Royal Childrens Hospital
    Melbourne, Australia
    Original Message:
    Sent: 09-14-2016 06:55 AM
    From: Chris Donaghey
    Subject: Chlorhexidine Mouth Rinses

    Hello all,

    I’ve been pouring over articles lately about oral care considerations related to chlorhexidine and cannot find the answers I’m looking for, so I thought I’d reach out to the APHON brain trust.

    If your unit/hospital does chlorhexidine mouth rinses:

    1) Is the volume standard across all age groups? If not, how are the volumes grouped?

    2) How do you approach chlorhexidine in infants/kids who do not yet have teeth?


    Chris Donaghey, CNS,CPHON,MSN,RN
    Clinical Nurse Specialist – Hematology/Oncology/Stem Cell Transplant
    Indianapolis, IN
    United States