Avoiding Chlorhexidine Burns in Preterm Infants

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Abstract

Chlorhexidine is a skin antiseptic agent frequently used for off-label indications in NICUs. Changes to the safety labeling of chlorhexidine products for use in preterm infants were recently made because of the risk of severe chemical burns. We provide tips for a safer use of chlorhexidine to prevent injury in newborns and to help health care professionals protect themselves against burn injury claims.

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