Chlorhexidine gluconate bathing: Patient perceptions, practices, and barriers at a tertiary care center

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      • The chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) bathing practices of 437 non–intensive care unit patients were evaluated.
      • Self-care, non–intensive care unit patients used CHG bathing products incorrectly 81% of the time.
      • Education and assistance by health care workers improved CHG bathing compliance.
      • Medical record documentation was a reliable tool to track CHG bathing compliance.
      Many studies indicate that daily chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) bathing reduces the risk of hospital-acquired infections. In this study, we found that patient perceptions can be a barrier to bathing practice, and many independent-care patients do not use CHG bathing products correctly. Furthermore, electronic medical record documentation may be a reliable tool to assess CHG bathing compliance.

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