Using 2% chlorhexidine gluconate cloths for the daily bathing of inpatients, instead of soap and water, reduces the risk of hospital-acquired infections, according to US researchers.
The study found a 64% decrease in the risk of acquiring either MRSA or Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus. A group of 7,699 general medical patients were bathed daily by healthcare assistants with CHG antiseptic cloths for the duration of their admission, while a control group of 7,102 patients were bathed with soap and water.
- Kassakian SZ, et al. Impact of chlorhexidine bathing on hospital-acquired infections among general medical patients. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology 2011; Advance online publication.
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