Correct use of chlorhexidine in intravenous practice
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Correct use of chlorhexidine in intravenous practice

Katie Scales Consultant nurse in critical care, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London

This article reviews the routes by which microorganisms may contaminate vascular access devices, and examines the role of chlorhexidine in the prevention of catheter-related bloodstream infections. Chlorhexidine-based cleansing products for use in intravenous therapy are reviewed and their correct use is discussed, with reference to clinical guidelines.

Nursing Standard. 24, 8,41-46. doi: 10.7748/ns2009.10.24.8.41.c7361

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katie.scales@imperial.nhs.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review