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Systematic review with meta-analysis
Review: chlorhexidine-impregnated dressings reduce risk of colonisation of central venous catheters and risk of catheter-related bloodstream infection
  1. Leonardo Lorente
  1. Intensive Care Unit, Hospital Universitario de Canarias, La Laguna, Tenerife, Spain
  1. Correspondence to : Dr Leonardo Lorente, Intensive Care Unit, Hospital Universitario de Canarias, Ofra, s/n. La Laguna, Tenerife 38320, Spain; lorentemartin{at}

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Implications for practice and research

  • Chlorhexidine-impregnated dressing could be used to prevent catheter-related bloodstream infection if the rate of infection has not decreased after the implementation of basic preventive measures.

  • Further research is warranted to analyse the appearance of chlorhexidine-resistant microorganisms with the use of chlorhexidine-impregnated dressing.


Intravascular catheters (IVC) are commonly used in hospitalised patients. However, the use of such catheters could entail infectious complications. Catheter-related bloodstream infection (CRBSI) has been associated with increased morbidity, mortality and …

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