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Chlorhexidine Use in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit: Results from a National Survey

Pranita D. Tamma , MD, Susan W. Aucott , MD and Aaron M. Milstone , MD, MHS
Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Vol. 31, No. 8 (August 2010), pp. 846-849
DOI: 10.1086/655017
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/655017
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Abstract

Infection prevention guidelines do not endorse chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) use in neonates who are less than 2 months old. A survey of US neonatology program directors revealed that most neonatal intensive care units use CHG, often with some restrictions. Prospective studies are needed to further address concerns regarding the safety of CHG in patients in the neonatal intensive care unit.

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