Skin Care & Hygiene for Stem Cell Transplant Patients
The following are some of the skin care and hygiene guidelines for Phoenix Children's Hospital stem cell transplant patients. More details will be provided during admission.
- After each use of the toilet, gently wash with soap and water mixture using a peri-bottle which is provided.
- Avoid clipping fingernails.
- Bathe or shower daily.
- Caregivers must remain clean.
- Change bed linens three times a day.
- Contact lenses are not to be worn at any time during the skin graft transplant
- Do not rupture any blisters.
- Except for the patient receiving radiation or Thiotepa (a chemotherapy agent), use lotions to keep the skin from becoming dry.
- Inspect skin every day. Report any rash, pain, redness, swelling, or other skin changes to the staff.
- No straight edge razors should be used at any time.
- Put on a clean set of clothes or clean gown after each shower.
- Use an antibacterial soap and thoroughly rinse the skin.
- Use only new personal hygiene supplies.
- Use electric clippers with disposable clipper guide to remove hair.
Please contact us if you have questions about skin care and hygiene guidelines related to the stem cell transplant process.