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Jan Hull
Single agent chlorhexidine gluconate

We have purchased a single agent chlorhexidine gluconate scrub cloth.  They are packaged sterile and are for surgical site prep.  They say to scrub for 3 minutes on them.  Is this the recommended scrub time for single agent chlorhexidine gluconate prep time for port insertion?  We have a patient on Erbitux with a horrible rash from the alcohol in the chlora-prep.

Jan Hull, RN, BSN, CRNI

Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital


Are you asking about port
Are you asking about port access or port insertion? I am not familiar with this product nor have I seen any recommendations about this process. So think the only thing you can do is go by the manufacturer recommendations. Also, is this a scrub with soap or a solution without soap ? If it is soapy, I would think you have to remove the soap with sterile water or saline. Lynn

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 think this product is a
I think this product is a cleaning agent to be used prior to the procedure.  There was a presentaion at AVA on how infection was reduced whent he patient showered, cleaned, etc. prior to the procedure with CHG cloths.

Cheryl Kelley RN BSN, VA-BC

Robbin George
New product recommended at

New product recommended at Phoenix AVA conference by Marcia Ryder for pre procedure cleaning of skin--Also a recent article sited an ICU practice of daily CHG bathing using these clothes with impressive results

Robbin George RN VA-BC

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