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May 1963

Hexachlorophene in Skin Infection Control in Susceptible Infants

Author Affiliations

George G. Graham, M.D., British American Hospital, Apartado 2713, Lima, Peru.; British American Hospital.

Am J Dis Child. 1963;105(5):462-465. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1963.02080040464006

Acquired skin infections, particularly of staphylococcal origin, remain a serious problem in hospitals all over the world concerned with the care of healthy newborn infants or of sick infants and children. Systemic infection plays an important role in the etiology of infantile malnutrition and in the prognosis for recovery of severely malnourished infants.1 Deep-seated infections of the skin, with or without evident systemic reaction, have a similar effect. In areas with a high incidence of infantile malnutrition, primitive hospital facilities, and a scarcity of trained personnel, infections, particularly of the skin, constantly plague hospitals and other institutions caring for these patients. These infections seriously interfere with nutritional recovery, are often the deciding factor in the eventual prognosis of individual patients, and, at best, result in prolonged hospitalizations, denying precious hospital beds to other infants in similar straits. Simple and inexpensive measures which might decrease or totally prevent these infections