Chlorhexidine body washing to control antimicrobial-resistant bacteria in intensive care units: a systematic review

Intensive Care Medicine,

Chlorhexidine body washing (CHG–BW) may be effective in preventing carriage, and possibly bloodstream infections, with MRSA and VRE in different intensive care units (ICUs) settings. As CHG–BW protocols, co–interventions and case mix varied widely, attribution of these effects to CHG–BW alone should be done with care. Evidence that CHG–BW reduces carriage of or infections with antibiotic–resistant gram–negative bacteria (ARGNB) is lacking.

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