Reduction in hospital-associated MRSA with daily chlorhexidine gluconate bathing for medical inpatients

Lowe, C.F. et al. American Journal of Infection Control. Published online 8 December 2016

N0025608 TEM of vancomycin resistant enterococcus faecalis

Image source: J L Carson – Wellcome Images // CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Image shows transmission electron microscopy of vancomycin resistant enterococcus faecalis.

Background: Daily bathing with chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) is increasingly used in intensive care units to prevent hospital-associated infections, but limited evidence exists for noncritical care settings.

Conclusions: This prospective pragmatic study to assess daily bathing for CHG on inpatient medical units was effective in reducing hospital-associated MRSA and VRE. A critical component of CHG bathing on medical units is sustained and appropriate application, which can be a challenge to accurately assess and needs to be considered before systematic implementation.

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