Daily Chlorhexidine Bathing Reduces Incidence of Bloodstream Infections

Daily bathing with chlorhexidine may reduce the risk of bloodstream infections, including central line-associated infections, according to research published in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.


For their study, researchers conducted both randomized controlled trials and quasi-experimental studies to determine the effects of chlorhexidine baths on bloodstream infections. They found 291 patients in the CHG bathing group experienced a bloodstream infection over 67,775 patient days. Comparatively, 557 patients in the control group experienced a bloodstream infection over 69,617 catheter days.

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