We describe the impact of chlorhexidine baths on CLABSI rates in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in a developing country…” Cleeves et al (2018).
Healthcare-associated infections, especially central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) are worrisome in neonates. We describe the impact of chlorhexidine baths on CLABSI rates in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in a developing country, through a quasi-experimental study undertaken during a 62-month period, from January 2012 to February 2017, divided in two periods, before and after the implementation of a protocol for chlorhexidine baths in July 2014. The rate of CLABSIs per 1,000 central line-days decreased from 8.64 to 4.28 after the implementation of the protocol. We conclude that use of chlorhexidine baths reduces the number of CLABSIs in neonates.
Cleves, D., Pino, J., Patiño, J.A., Rosso, F., Vélez, J.D. and Pérez, P. (2018) Effect of Chlorhexidine Baths on Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in a Developing Country. The Journal of Hospital Infection. March 26th. .
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