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Efficacy of Adding 2% (w/v) Chlorhexidine Gluconate to 70% (v/v) Isopropyl Alcohol for Skin Disinfection Prior to Peripheral Venous Cannulation

Heather Small , MSc, Debra Adams , PhD, Anna L. Casey , PhD, Cynthia T. Crosby , BS, Peter A. Lambert , DSc and Thomas Elliott , FRMS, PhD, DSc, MRCP, FRCPath
Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Vol. 29, No. 10 (October 2008), pp. 963-965
DOI: 10.1086/590664
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/590664
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Efficacy of Adding 2% (w/v) Chlorhexidine Gluconate to 70% (v/v) Isopropyl Alcohol for Skin Disinfection Prior to Peripheral Venous Cannulation
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Abstract

We undertook a clinical trial to compare the efficacy of 2% (w/v) chlorhexidine gluconate in 70% (v/v) isopropyl alcohol with the efficacy of 70% (v/v) isopropyl alcohol alone for skin disinfection to prevent peripheral venous catheter colonization and contamination. We found that the addition of 2% chlorhexidine gluconate reduced the number of peripheral venous catheters that were colonized or contaminated.

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