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Chlorhexidine Resistance in Antibiotic‐Resistant Bacteria Isolated From the Surfaces of Dispensers of Soap Containing Chlorhexidine

Steven E. Brooks , PhD, Mary A. Walczak , RN, MS, CIC, Rizwanullah Hameed , MD and Patrick Coonan , EdD, RN
Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Vol. 23, No. 11 (November 2002), pp. 692-695
DOI: 10.1086/501996
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/501996
Page Count: 4
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Chlorhexidine Resistance in Antibiotic‐Resistant Bacteria Isolated From the Surfaces of Dispensers of Soap Containing Chlorhexidine
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ABSTRACT Bacterial contamination with pan‐resistant Acinetobacter and Klebsiella, multidrug‐resistant Pseudomonas, and methicillin‐resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) was noted on the surfaces of dispensers of hand soap with 2% chlorhexidine. Gram‐negative isolates could multiply in the presence of 1% chlorhexidine. In contrast, MRSA was inhibited in vitro by chlorhexidine at concentrations as low as 0.0019%.

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