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Randomized Controlled Trial of the Effectiveness of Chlorhexidine Showers Before Elective Plastic Surgical Procedures

  • Daniela Francescato Veiga (a1) (a2), Carlos Américo Veiga Damasceno (a3), Joel Veiga-Filho (a1) (a2), Ricardo Góes Figueiras (a1), Roberto Bezerra Vieira (a1), Edgard Silva Garcia (a1), Virgínia Vilasboas Silva (a4), Neil Ferreira Novo (a5) and Lydia Masako Ferreira (a2)...

This randomized controlled trial was designed to assess the effect of preoperative chlorhexidine showers on skin colonization and postoperative infection rates associated with plastic surgical procedures involving the trunk. Chlorhexidine showers were effective in reducing skin colonization with coagulase-negative staphylococci and yeasts, but there was no difference in postoperative infection rates.

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Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology
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  • EISSN: 1559-6834
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