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CVC insertion sites and transparent IV dressing reactions

This report discusses the influence of choice of transparent dressing type and chlorhexidine concentration on skin reactions at CVC insertion sites” Loewenthal et al (2016).

Abstract:

Infection at central venous catheter (CVC) sites remains a common problem, particularly with long-term use. This report discusses the influence of choice of transparent dressing type and chlorhexidine concentration on skin reactions at CVC insertion sites. A concentration of 2% chlorhexidine is associated with a higher rate of skin reactions than either 0.5% or 1% chlorhexidine. Higher chlorhexidine concentrations may not decrease the number of central line-associated bloodstream infections.

Reference:

Loewenthal, M., Dobson, P. and Boyle, M. (2016) Chlorhexidine 2% and choice of transparent dressing increase skin reactions at central venous catheter insertion sites. American Journal of Infection Control. August 17th. .

doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2016.06.020.

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