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CHG Preoperative Bathing

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by ama11a ama11a, BSN (New Member) New Member

ama11a has 4 years experience as a BSN and works as a Clinical Manager, Post-Surgical Unit.

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While reviewing surgical site infections in our hospital, we realized that our policy on preoperative bathing is very loose. We are going to develop a protocol for preoperative bathing using CHG and are wanting to get a feel for what other facilities do. What do y´all do at your facilities for preop bathing? 

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Rose_Queen is a BSN, MSN, RN and works as a Staff nurse educator.

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Outpatient: shower night before and morning of with 4% CHG. 

Emergency department patient: receives 4% CHG bath in preop unit. Typically bathing isn’t done in ER because they have other priorities to deal with.

Patient from inpatient nursing unit: CHG bath night before and morning of. 

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Kallie3006 has 6 years experience as a ADN and works as a Jack of all trades, master of none.

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Scheduled surgeries get the bottle of CHG and bath before coming to the hospital and admitted patients get at least 1, preferably 2, CHG baths prior to surgery

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emmjayy has <1 years experience as a RN and works as a RN in a medical-surgical ICU.

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Same as other posters. Preferably 2 CHG baths prior to surgery, 1 is acceptable if circumstances don't allow for 2. CHG only for all bathing while in the hospital (this goes for all patients, not just surgical ones). 

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