I would like to know how many Vascular Access Teams are currently washing the patient arm and possibly chest, and/or axillary area with Chlorhexidine Gluconate (CHG) prior to insertion. If so; do you do this for all patients or just the know MRSA, C-diff, VRE patients?
I have an article from AACN recommending this for routine bathing in the ICU. http://www.aacn.org/docs/cemedia/C1453.pdf CriticalCareNurse Vol 34, No. 5, OCTOBER 2014 17
The AACN article states that CHG bathing alone specifically reduces the risk of CRBSI. It also referenced several articles (4, 23-26).
Does anyone have any other or newer evidence based literature concerning this practice for PICC insertion?
Thank you for your time,