Prophylactic chlorhexidine oral rinse decreases ventilator-associated pneumonia in surgical ICU patients.

@article{Genuit2001ProphylacticCO,
  title={Prophylactic chlorhexidine oral rinse decreases ventilator-associated pneumonia in surgical ICU patients.},
  author={Thomas Genuit and Grant V. Bochicchio and Lena M. Napolitano and Robert J. McCarter and M C Roghman},
  journal={Surgical infections},
  year={2001},
  volume={2 1},
  pages={
          5-18
        }
}
BACKGROUND Pneumonia is one of the most common nosocomial infections in hospitalized patients. The risk of nosocomial pneumonia increases with age, severity of acute illness and preexisting co-morbid conditions. Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) significantly increases morbidity, length of stay, resource utilization and mortality. The purpose of this study was to determine whether adherence to a ventilator weaning protocol (WP) and the use of chlorhexidine gluconate (CH) oral rinse for oral… CONTINUE READING

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