Symptoms: Why Do We Do Mouthcare?

A roleplay between a health care worker and a nurse, learning about different types of mouth care as a way to enhance comfort in hospice palliative care.


  • 0’00” Introduction
  • 0’45” Why do we do mouthcare?
  • 1’35” Using atomizers and swabs.
  • 2’15” Liquid options for swabs.
  • 3’40” What about humidifiers?
  • 5’00” Using lemon glycerine swabs.
  • 5’50” Precautions when providing mouth care.
  • 6’20” Mouth care techniques.
  • 8’00” Other mouth care tools.
  • 9’00” How often?
  • 9’45” What about dentures?
  • 10’30” Medications that can cause dryness.

Enhancing Comfort and Managing Symptoms, pg 44, in Essentials in Hospice Palliative Care, 2nd Edition, Katherine Murray, 2009.

Study Guide for Health Care Workers, Essentials is Hospice Palliative Care Workbook, 2009.

Study Guide for Practical Nurse Students, Essentials is Hospice Palliative Care Workbook, 2009.

Written and preformed by Kath Murray, Christina Foerster, All Rights Reserved, Life and Death Matters 2010