Hey everyone. Our facility just implemented chlorhexidine baths in all the ICU's after a trial on one unit. I have read the research and it seems to indicate a decrease in VRE, MRSA, CRBSI, etc. I'm just curious if any others out there are doing the same and seeing any decrease in the rates of infection.
we have been using the chlorhexidine wipes in my unit for about 2.5 years now?
i dont mind them, did take a while to get use to them. the one thing i have noticed is the decrease in fungal infections in the groin, armpit, and under the breast area. just seemed like most of the patients before had nystatin powder/cream, and i rarely see the yeast infections in those areas like i use too. (now i have done no research this is just based on my personal opinion and from what i have observed).
i still find that most of us like to give a good soap and water bath though and use the wipes afterwards especially if you have a patient is newly admitted and/or visible soiled.
i like the fact the packages come stay warmed up in the pre-heated 'wamer', but they get cold very fast when taken out of the warmer/package. i usually like to wrap the packages up in a 'pink pad' to help trap the heat, while preparing the patient for a bath or to be cleaned up.
even chlorhexidine has become popular in oral care. we use this solution on the ventilator patients to keep the mouth clean, and prevent pneumonia, and etc (i am sure other units use something to this standard). now my hospital has started requiring other floors to use the chlohexidine solution for oral care. i wont be surprised if they start using the wipes on the floor
Last edit by strength4unityRN on May 10, '11
: Reason: spelling error