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Nurs Womens Health. 2014 Dec;18(6):515-7. doi: 10.1111/1751-486X.12164.

A potential method to lower risk for surgical site infection during cesarean birth.

Abstract

It's common practice to use a preparation containing chlorhexidine to prepare the surgical site before cesarean birth. We observed an interaction between ultrasound gel, used for electronic fetal heart monitoring before birth, and chlorhexidine. This interaction creates the potential for surgical site infection. Using isopropyl alcohol to thoroughly remove all gel before application of chlorhexidine was associated with reduced rates of postsurgical infection at our institution.

KEYWORDS:

cesarean birth; chlorhexidine; surgical site infection; ultrasound gel

PMID:
25495972
DOI:
10.1111/1751-486X.12164
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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