We would use 2% Chlorhexidine swabsticks, alcohol free.
Daphne BroadhurstDesjardins PharmacyOttawa, Canada
thanks, Daphne - that was my suggestion. I appreciate your feedback.
Mari Cordes, BS RN
Mari Cordes, BS RNIII VA-BC
Vascular Access Department
University of Vermont Medical Center
All chlorhexidine gluconate products for skin antisepsis at a venipuncture site available in the US have 70% isopropyl alcohol in them. The only aqueous CHG are products such as Hibiclens, a 4% solution in a pour bottle, not a swabstick at all, only labeled indication is for handwashing.
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
Hibiclens was one of my suggestions, knowing it was off label. The ED won't use any disinfectant with IPA in it for venipuncture lab sampling for ETOH levels. They know it's a different form of alcohol, but they say it's still an issue in court.