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Current practices in skin antisepsis for central venous catheterisation in UK tertiary-level neonatal units
  1. M K Datta,
  2. P Clarke
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    Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, Norwich, UK
  1. Dr M K Datta, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, Norfolk, UK; mkd42001{at}

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Catheter-related bloodstream infections are one of the most dangerous complications of healthcare and are associated with considerable morbidity and mortality, especially in neonates. Application of a cutaneous antiseptic solution that will effectively disinfect the site of insertion before placing a central venous catheter (CVC) is an important method of preventing catheter-related infection. A recently published national evidence-based guideline on prevention of healthcare-associated infections recommends 2% chlorhexidine in 70% isopropyl alcohol for cutaneous antisepsis prior to the insertion of CVCs in …

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