Daily patient bathing with Hibiclens®

Infection prevention: focus on skin as a source of contamination1

Clinicians around the world are under constant pressure to reduce hospital-acquired infections (HAI). Infection rates are falling, yet one in 25 hospital patients still acquires a HAI.2  Daily patient bathing can help you protect more of your patients.

Did you know Hibiclens® has been trusted by healthcare professionals just like you for more than 40 years? Its efficacy and safety is proven. This antiseptic skin cleanser provides effective defense against the spread of infections in your facilities. The active ingredient, chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG), kills germs on contact. It bonds with the skin and keeps on killing microorganisms, even after washing.

Hibiclens

  • begins to kill pathogens on contact3
  • contains 4% CHG, shown to be slightly more effective than 2% CHG
  • incorporates easily into a patient’s usual skin cleansing routine
  • washes clean, leaving a layer of CHG protection5 without sticky residue
  • continues killing 99% of pathogens for up to twenty-four hours6
  • repeated use results in a cumulative effect7

Clinical studies show that a 4% CHG solution such as Hibiclens can help reduce facility infection rates, resulting in a significant economic gain.8  In large peer-reviewed studies, daily bathing with CHG showed significant reductions in infection rates:

• reduced C. difficile infections by 70%9
• 61% lower incidence of primary bloodstream infections1
• decreased methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) by 32%10
• reduced vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE) by 50%10

References

1. Susan C. Bleasdale, MD, et al. Archives of Internal Medicine, Oct 22, 2007. 

2. HAI Data and Statistics, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, http://www.cdc.gov/hai/surveillance/.

3. Paulson, Darly S. Comparative Evaluation of Five Surgical Hand Scrub Preparations. AORN Journal 1994; Vol 60, No 2:246-256.

4. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Guideline for Hand Hygiene in Health-Care Settings: Recommendations of the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee and the HICPAC/SHEA/APIC/IDSA Hand Hygiene Task Force. MMWR 2002;51 (No. RR- 16).

5. Pieters, Philip C, et al. Venous Catheters: A practice manual. Thieme Medical Publishers, Inc. 2003 P22. 

6. MBT Study No.582-106, Study Protocol # 582.1.11.12.12. 

7. Stokowski, Laura A., Chlorhexidine in Healthcare: Your Questions Answered. www.medscape.com/viewarticle/726075_print, Aug. 04, 2010.

8. Rao, Nalini., et al. A Preoperative Decolonization Protocol for Staphylococcus Aureus Prevents Orthopaedic Infections. Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research 466.6 (2008): 1343-348.

9. Rupp ME, Cavalieri RJ, Lyden E, et al. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology 2012 Nov; 33(11): 1094-1000.

10. Climo MW, Sepkowitz KA, Zuccotti G, et al. Critical Care Medicine 2009 Jun; 37(6): 1858-1865

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