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ICU Management

Study: Chlorhexidine Baths Did Not Increase Resistant MRSA

2016 08 Feb

Chlorhexidine baths in the ICU do not cause high levels of resistance in bacteria on patients’ skin, according to a study published in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology . The retrospective cohort study of patients admitted to the Barnes-Jewish Hospital ICU in St. Louis, Missouri from 2005 through 2012 included more than 500 randomly selected... Read more

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Can Bathing with Chlorhexidine Reduce VAP?

2015 25 May

Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is the most important nosocomial infection in intensive care units (ICUs). Measures have been taken to prevent morbidity of VAP, such as semi-recumbent body position, hand hygiene, and daily bathing with chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG). However, results of previous studies on the effectiveness of daily chlorhexidine... Read more

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Findings Do Not Support Chlorhexidine Bathing in ICUs

2015 21 Jan

A Vanderbilt University study, which appears in JAMA , shows that once daily chlorhexidine bathing of critically ill patients did not reduce the incidence of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). Chlorhexidine is a broad-spectrum topical antimicrobial agent that, when used to bathe the skin, may decrease the bacterial burden, thereby reducing infections.... Read more

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Emerging Antiseptic Resistance in ICUs

2014 17 Aug

According to a recent study published in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, bacteria that cause life-threatening bloodstream infections in critically ill patients may be growing increasingly resistant to chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG), a common hospital antiseptic. The use... Read more