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May 12, 2015

Chlorhexidine Bathing and Infections in Critically Ill Patients—Reply

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  • 1Department of Medicine, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee

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JAMA. 2015;313(18):1863-1864. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.3539

In Reply Dr van Zanten asks about other infection prevention strategies and adherence in our pragmatic, cluster-randomized, crossover trial testing the effectiveness of chlorhexidine bathing on health care–associated infection rates. The intervention was layered on routine care, which included numerous infection control practices such as hand washing, chlorhexidine oral solution for intubated patients, and chlorhexidine skin cleansing prior to central venous catheter insertion.

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