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Implementation of chlorhexidine gluconate bathing to reduce HAIs

DePrez, Bernadette DNP, MBA, MSN, RN; Schreeder, Carolyn DM, MSN, RN; Davidson, Susan EdD, APRN, NP-C

doi: 10.1097/01.NUMA.0000602824.95678.0a
Feature: Safety Solutions: Infection prevention
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A nurse leader-led evidence-based practice change

Learn how a hospital in Tennessee implemented a chlorhexidine gluconate bathing intervention to decrease the occurrence of catheter-associated urinary tract infections and central line-associated bloodstream infections for patients on the ICU.

At the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga School of Nursing, Bernadette DePrez is an assistant professor and DNP nursing administration systems coordinator; Carolyn Schreeder is an adjunct professor, DNP nursing administration; and Susan Davidson is a professor and gateway program coordinator.

Notes: The CHG bathing protocol was made available through a bathing cloth manufacturer. Facility-created tools and surveys are available upon request.

The authors have disclosed no financial relationships related to this article.

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