Is chlorhexidine required for needleless connector decontamination?

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Unfortunately, intermittent reports from facilities have shown an increase in bloodstream infections (BSIs) thought to be associated with NC use” Flynn et al (2018).

Abstract:

Since the introduction in the early 1990s of a needleless connector (NC) on vascular access devices to minimize the risk of needle stick injuries to healthcare workers, their use is now well established. Unfortunately, intermittent reports from facilities have shown an increase in bloodstream infections (BSIs) thought to be associated with NC use.



Reference:

Flynn, J., Slater, K., Cooke, M. and Rickard, C.M. (2018) Needleless connector decontamination: To use, or not to use, chlorhexidine? American Journal of Infection Control. April 18th. .

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajic.2018.03.003

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