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hydrogen peroxide and saline for central lines

Does anyone use hydrogen peroxide and saline to cleanse the central line sites?  Patients sensitive to chlorahexadine and betadine, is there evidence to use hydrogen peroxide and saline?

Appreciate your reply,

Beth Ferguson CRNI

I have not used it or seen

I have not used it or seen it used. It is not listed as an acceptable antiseptic agent by CDC or INS. Hydrogen peroxide 7.5% is listed as a disinfectant for inanimate objects in

1.    Rutala W, ed. Disinfection, Sterlization and Antisepsis: Principles, Practices, Current Issues and New Research. Washington, DC: Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc; 2007.

The chapter on skin antisepsis in this same book does not include any form of hydrogen peroxide as an acceptable agent. I think alcohol alone would be your best choice.  


Lynn Hadaway, M.Ed., RN, BC, CRNI

Lynn Hadaway, M.Ed., RN, BC, CRNI

Lynn Hadaway Associates, Inc.

126 Main Street, PO Box 10

Milner, GA 30257


Office Phone 770-358-7861

I agree with Lynn. I have
I agree with Lynn. I have never seen any evidence that hydrogen peroxide is an effective agent. Are you seeing a large population with this problem?
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