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Alcohol Caps or Alcohol Swabs With and Without Chlorhexidine: An In Vitro Study of 648 Episodes of Intravenous Device Needleless Connector Decontamination

  • Julie M. Flynn (a1) (a2) (a3) (a4), Claire M. Rickard (a1) (a3) (a4), Samantha Keogh (a3) (a5) (a4) and Li Zhang (a1) (a4)

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Address correspondence to Julie Flynn, Research Unit, Level 2, Building 34, Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital, Butterfield Street, Herston 4029, Queensland, Australia (julie.flynn@griffith.edu.au).

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Alcohol Caps or Alcohol Swabs With and Without Chlorhexidine: An In Vitro Study of 648 Episodes of Intravenous Device Needleless Connector Decontamination

  • Julie M. Flynn (a1) (a2) (a3) (a4), Claire M. Rickard (a1) (a3) (a4), Samantha Keogh (a3) (a5) (a4) and Li Zhang (a1) (a4)

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