Reduced chlorhexidine susceptibility in organisms causing CLABSI

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“Surveillance is needed to detect reduced CHG susceptibility with widespread CHG use.” Suwantarat et al (2014).

Reference:

Suwantarat, N., Carroll, K.C., Tekle, T., Ross, T., Maragakis, L.L., Cosgrove, S.E. and Milstone, A.M. (2014) High Prevalence of Reduced Chlorhexidine Susceptibility in Organisms Causing Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. 35(9), p.1183-1186.

Abstract:

In units that bathe patients daily with chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG), organisms causing central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) were more likely to have reduced CHG susceptibility than organisms causing CLABSIs in units that do not bathe patients daily with CHG (86% vs 64%; P = .028). Surveillance is needed to detect reduced CHG susceptibility with widespread CHG use.

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