How much chlorhexidine actually makes it to a patient’s skin?


There has been much impressive research of late around the use of chlorhexidine daily bathing to reduce the burden of skin contamination and protect patients from infection. This is quickly becoming en vogue, especially for ICU settings in the USA. But what is compliance like with this intervention, and how do you measure compliance? The studies that have measured compliance previous have said “Yes, this patient was given a chlorhexidine wash today”, but have rarely gone so far as to measure the actual concentration of chlorhexidine on the patient’s skin.

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