Reply To: Use of Home Hygiene Products

  • Mary Lynn Rae

    August 4, 2020 at 3:04 pm

    We usually do not allow esp for a sick ONC or SCT patient as too hard to cross check compatibilities with CHG



    Mary Lynn

    Mary Lynn Rae, MSN, RN, CPHON

    NPD Practitioner/Clinical Educator Hem/Onc/SCT

    Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

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    Original Message:
    Sent: 8/4/2020 2:23:00 PM
    From: Chris Donaghey
    Subject: Use of Home Hygiene Products

    APHON brain trust,

    Does your unit/hospital have a stance on patients using hygiene products from home? This could include body wash, lotion, shampoo, toothpaste, anything of the like.

    This is related to those who receive CHG treatments as well as those who don’t.

    We don’t have standards/restrictions at this time. We do have standards around using hospital-approved lotions as they are compatible with CHG but otherwise, it’s pretty open..especially if we are discussing hair care. We don’t have a strong selection of hair care products.

    The “why” associated with this issue is that we’ve had previous CLABSIs in patients who have used products that may not have been CHG compatible, and a recent infection where the patient in enteric isolation used a natural soap for hand hygiene, possibly creating an opportunity for coag-negative staph.

    If you do have a stance and have information on how it’s received if you restrict (or how you assess products if you don’t), I’d be glad to hear them.

    Have a great day!

    Chris Donaghey, MSN, RN, PCNS-BC, CPN, CPHON
    Clinical Nurse Specialist – Cancer and Blood Diseases
    Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health
    Indianapolis, IN