The use of chlorhexidine impregnated dressings have been shown to be effective in the prevention of central line associated blood stream infections. Both the CDC and INS recommend the use of chlorhexidine dressings for central lines in patients over the age of 2 months. Chlorhexidine dressing should be used with caution in premature neonates and patients with fragile skin and/or those sensitive to chlorhexidine. Dressings impregnated with silver ions may be an alternative, for those sensitive to chlorhexidine or in neonates.
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Guide to Antimicrobial Dressings and Antimicrobial Impregnated Discs
Chlorhexidine Impregnated Antimicrobial Discs
Silver Impregnated Antimicrobial Disc
Chlorhexidine Transparent Membrane Dressings
Polyhexamethylene Biguanide (PHMB) Antimicrobial Dressings
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