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Chlorhexidine Only Works If Applied Correctly: Use of a Simple Colorimetric Assay to Provide Monitoring and Feedback on Effectiveness of Chlorhexidine Application

  • Laura Supple (a1), Monika Kumaraswami (a1), Sirisha Kundrapu (a2), Venkata Sunkesula (a2), Jennifer L. Cadnum (a2), Michelle M. Nerandzic (a1), Myreen Tomas (a3) and Curtis J. Donskey (a2) (a3)...

Abstract

We used a colorimetric assay to determine the presence of chlorhexidine on skin, and we identified deficiencies in preoperative bathing and daily bathing in the intensive care unit. Both types of bathing improved with an intervention that included feedback to nursing staff. The assay provides a simple and rapid method of monitoring the performance of chlorhexidine bathing.

Infect. Control Hosp. Epidemiol. 2015;36(9):1095–1097

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Address correspondence to Curtis J. Donskey, MD, Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center, Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 10701 East Boulevard, Cleveland, Ohio 44106 (curtisd123@yahoo.com).

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Chlorhexidine Only Works If Applied Correctly: Use of a Simple Colorimetric Assay to Provide Monitoring and Feedback on Effectiveness of Chlorhexidine Application

  • Laura Supple (a1), Monika Kumaraswami (a1), Sirisha Kundrapu (a2), Venkata Sunkesula (a2), Jennifer L. Cadnum (a2), Michelle M. Nerandzic (a1), Myreen Tomas (a3) and Curtis J. Donskey (a2) (a3)...

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