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Blood Concentrations of Chlorhexidine in Hospitalized Children Undergoing Daily Chlorhexidine Bathing
Andrew Lee MHS, Robert Harlan MS, Autumn R. Breaud MS, Kathleen Speck MPH, Trish M. Perl MD, MSc, William Clarke PhD and Aaron M. Milstone MD, MHS
Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Vol. 32, No. 4 (April 2011), pp. 395-397
Published by: Cambridge University Press on behalf of The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/659154
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We collected serial blood samples from children in the intensive care unit who underwent daily bathing with 2% chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG)–impregnated cloths. Low concentrations of CHG were detected in a few blood samples, indicating absorption through intact skin. There was no suggestion that CHG accumulated in the blood with repeated exposures.
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