Preoperative CHG Bathing: The Evidence and the Issues
This report addresses patient skin cleansing with chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) as an effective intervention in the arsenal against surgical site infections (SSIs). It reviews current conversation among experts, looks at various studies in the medical literature, and reviews some best practices related to risk reduction.
Numerous studies have demonstrated that surgical site infections (SSIs), considered to be the most frequently reported healthcare-associated infection (HAI), are associated with significant patient morbidity and mortality as well as escalating healthcare expenditures annually. Any intervention(s) that can mitigate risk associated with SSIs is another weapon in the arsenal against HAIs. Patient skin cleansing with chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) is becoming a widely accepted and viable intervention, and has been the focus of researchers' efforts to determine its role in infection rate reduction.
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