Impact of chlorhexidine gluconate on the skin microbiota of children and adults

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We observed no differences in pediatric patients; however, multiple genera of bacteria were observed to be significantly less abundant in the adults bathing with CHG” Kates et al (2019).

Abstract:

We examined the effect of chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) bathing on the skin microbiota of adult and pediatric patients. We observed no differences in pediatric patients; however, multiple genera of bacteria were observed to be significantly less abundant in the adults bathing with CHG. Further research is needed to determine the long-term impact of CHG use on the skin microbiota.

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Reference:

Kates, A.E., Zimbric, M.L., Mitchell, K., Skarlupka, J. and Safdar, N. (2019) The impact of chlorhexidine gluconate on the skin microbiota of children and adults: A pilot study. American Journal of Infection Control. March 15th. . DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajic.2019.01.024.

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