Implementation of chlorhexidine bathing in non-ICU settings

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We are using a systems engineering approach to identify barriers and facilitators to implementation along with a step-wedge design to pilot CHG bathing in several VA medical centers in non-ICU settings” McKinley et al (2017).

Background:

Daily bathing with chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) has been shown to reduce healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). Daily CHG bathing has been recommended for ICU patients and emerging evidence supports daily CHG bathing for other inpatient populations. CHG bathing in non-ICU settings has not been widely implemented. We are using a systems engineering approach to identify barriers and facilitators to implementation along with a step-wedge design to pilot CHG bathing in several VA medical centers in non-ICU settings.

Reference:

McKinley, L., Atherton, S., Hagle, M., Knobloch, M.J., Moore, M., Musuuza, J., Pfeiffer, C., Radlenz, G. and Sandra, N. (2017) Ready or Not: Implementation of Chlorhexidine Bathing in Non-ICU Settings within Multiple VA Facilities Identiifes Need for Readiness Assessment. American Journal of Infection Control. 45(6), Supplement, p.S108–S109.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ajic.2017.04.180

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