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Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2009 Jan;30(1):77-9. doi: 10.1086/592980.

Randomized controlled trial of the effectiveness of chlorhexidine showers before elective plastic surgical procedures.

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  • 1Department of Surgery, School of Medicine, Universidade do Vale do SapucaĆ­, Pouso Alegre, MG Brazil.


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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