Author(s): Shapiro JM, Bond EL, Garman JK
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Abstract We performed a prospective randomized controlled trial to assess the efficacy of a chlorhexidine dressing in reducing the microbial flora at the insertion site of epidural catheters. These catheters were used for acute pain management and were dressed either by a standardized method or with a CHX/urethane sponge composite. Microbial colonization of the catheter developed in 9 of 31 controls (29.0\%) and 1 of 26 (3.8\%) catheters with the CHX dressing (P less than 0.05\%). The CHX dressing caused no adverse effects. The data suggest that delivery of antiseptic to the catheter wound site reduces catheter colonization with a possible reduction in the risk of epidural catheter-related infection.
This article was published in Anesthesiology
and referenced in Advanced Techniques in Biology & Medicine