Impact of preoperative chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) application methods on preoperative CHG skin concentration

Led by DCASIP Clinical Ressearch Coordinator (CRC) Bobby Warren, along with CRC Alicia Nelson and Medical Director Dr. Dev Anderson, a team from multiple medical centers in the CDC Prevention Epicenters Program worked to find the impact of preoperative chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) application methods on preoperative CHG skin concentration. 

Elective surgical patients routinely bathe with chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) at home days prior to their procedures. However, the impact of home CHG bathing on surgical site CHG concentration is unclear. We examined 3 different methods of applying CHG and hypothesized that different application methods would impact resulting CHG skin concentration.

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