CHG prep for all vaginal deliveries?

  1. Hi,

    Our hospital wants to start using a CHG prep for ALL vaginal deliveries and I would like to find out if anyone else is doing this. The plan is to prep while she is pushing or soon to deliver and allow solution to dry for 2 minutes. In addition to being a little inconvenient to do at that time I also thought that that was one of the perks of being born vaginally; you got some of mom's bacteria to help colonize the newborn gut and create a better immune system. I understand if mom is GBS+ and we don't have time to get antibiotics on board, but it seems excessive and counter intuitive in the majority of cases.

    Please fill me in on any experience you have with this.......

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  3. by   kirsnikity
    We use betadine prep on vaginal deliveries. I've always been under the impression that CHG is irritating to mucosa and shouldn't be used on delicate areas unless it's absolutely necessary. I know there are many facilities where no prep is used at all.
  4. by   LibraSunCNM
    I cannot believe that there are still places "prepping" the perineum before delivery. Babies need to be exposed to bacteria on their way out, it's what helps colonize their gut. Studies comparing babies born by c-section who had none of that bacterial exposure support this as a possible reason why they are more prone to asthma and allergy problems. Allow to "dry" for 2 minutes during pushing??? How is that possible with all of the mucus and fluid coming out of the vagina? Putting something as irritating as chlorhexidine to the already stretched, sensitive skin of the perineum? What is the point????


    Not trying to attack YOU at all, just so disgusted with the lack of evidence-based practice in maternity care!
  5. by   klone
    Agree, lily
  6. by   ElvishDNP
    That just seems like overkill....our place doesn't prep anything on a vag delivery.

    ETA - and come to think of it, our CHG bottle says specifically that it is NOT for use in the genital area.
  7. by   Rose_Queen
    While I don't work in L&D, I do work in the OR where we frequently perform vaginal preps for bladder slings and hysters. For patients allergic to betadine, we have been told that CHG is an absolute no go as it is not recommended for mucous membranes. Once upon a time we used Technicare (aka snot, for how it looked), but that was pulled off the market. Now, if we get a patient allergic to betadine, we use castile soap and sterile saline.
  8. by   klone
    At the one facility I worked at that did do vag prep, we used Phisoderm and warm water.
  9. by   melmarie23
    We do no prep on vaginal deliveries
  10. by   ocmama
    Thanks for the feedback! LilyRoseCNM, I completely agree with you and that is why I asked this question. I have voiced my concerns at work and found a few articles to present as well. As of right now I think this practice change may get put on hold until we have more evidence (including our own stats)........fingers crossed! If you or anyone else knows of any specific articles or other references that would be helpful please share.

    Thanks again