Chemo Without Cavities: Oral Health Curriculum For Children With Cancer

OHNEP GOLD STANDARD CASE STUDY

“For increasing the interprofessional approach to patient care.”

Awarded by Oral Health Nursing Education and Practice (OHNEP) 

 

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WHAT THE CURRICULUM COVERS

A practical step-by-step guide for clinicians, other health professionals and educators on how to identify and prevent dangerous oral health issues prevalent in pediatric cancer patients, including:

  • Acute and late effects of cancer treatment on children’s teeth

  • Early childhood caries and sepsis in immunocompromised patients 

  • Oral issues including pain, fever, mucositis, lack of appetite, poor nutrition

  • Recommendations for monitoring and prevention 

  • Early signs of oral infection and decay 

  • Benefits of fluoride varnish application

  • Risk assessment testing

  • Caries management protocol by age groups

  • Transmission; developmental and social issues of untreated caries

  • Related Surgeon General and other policy reports

 

WHO DEVELOPED IT

TO LEARN MORE

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Erin Hartnett, program director for NYU College of Nursing oral health program, developed this interprofessional teaching tool for clinicians and educators based on programs she created, taught, and successfully incorporated into the oncology practice at the Hassenfeld Center for Children with Cancer and Blood Disorders. Hassenfeld is one of the nation's leading pediatric outpatient facilities for the treatment of childhood cancers and blood diseases. For the story on how she did it, and the results, click here

Dr. Hartnett is also program director for the national OHNEP program (Oral Health Nursing Education and Practice), and for the national TOSH program (Teaching Oral Systemic Health) program.  
 
OHNEP is funded by: DentaQuest Foundation, Washington Dental Service Foundation, and Connecticut Health Foundation. TOSH is funded by the Health Services and Resources Administration.