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Antiseptic baths 'reduce infection risk'

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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.

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  • We used to encourage our patients to have a shower with Hibiscrub prior to theatre, but the infection control mafia put a stop to this about 10 years ago stating that it was expensive, unnecessary and wasn’t evidence-based. I’ll be presenting this new evidence to the mafia; I just wish all these know-it-all’s would let nurses nurse!

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