Florence Nightingale Journal of Nursing
Research Article

Development of Oral Mucositis in Patients in The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit


Dr., İstanbul Üniversitesi, İstanbul Tıp Fakültesi, Hemşirelik Hizmetleri Müdürlüğü, İstanbul, Türkiye


Yrd. Doç. Dr., Okan Üniversitesi, Sağlık Bilimleri Fakültesi, Hemşirelik Bölümü, İstanbul, Türkiye


Doç. Dr. İstanbul Üniversitesi, Sağlık Bilimleri Fakültesi, İstanbul, Türkiye


Hem., İstanbul Üniversitesi, İstanbul Tıp Fakültesi, Çocuk Yoğun Bakım Bilim Dalı, İstanbul, Türkiye

Florence Nightingale J Nurs 2017; 25: 193-200
DOI: 10.17672/fnjn.343257
Read: 630 Downloads: 335 Published: 27 October 2017

Aim: To evaluate the development of oral mucositis in patients admitted in the pediatric intensive care unit. 

Method: Descriptive research was carried out by retrospectively scanning files of 181 children, who were admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit (ICU) of a university hospital in Istanbul between January and December, 2015. Rather than sampling, the whole population was included in the research. The data was extracted from patient files by the researchers.

Results: The mean age of the patients was 48.69±3.29 months, 37.5% of the patients were treated in ICU because of respiratory system diseases, 92.2% could not manage oral feeding, 86.1% received oxygen therapy, and 77.3% received steroid treatment. Oral mucositis developed in 2.7% of patients, three patients fully recovered from oral mucositis before discharge from the ICU, and two patients were discharged with phase 1 oral mucositis. 

Conclusion: lthough risk factors are prevalent in the ICU, the rate of oral mucositis was low among our patients.

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