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Chlorhexidine Use in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit: Results from a National Survey

  • Pranita D. Tamma (a1), Susan W. Aucott (a2) and Aaron M. Milstone (a1)


Infection prevention guidelines do not endorse Chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) use in neonates who are less than 2 months old. A survey of US neonatology program directors revealed that most neonatal intensive care units use CHG, often with some restrictions. Prospective studies are needed to further address concerns regarding the safety of CHG in patients in the neonatal intensive care unit.


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Johns Hopkins Medical Institution, Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Department of Pediatrics, David M. Rubinstein Child Health Building, 200 N Wolfe Street, Suite 3095, Baltimore, MD 21287 (


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