A. ROSENBERG, M.D.; S.D. ALATARY, B.S.
To the editor: In their otherwise excellent review article on the importance of handwashing in preventing nosocomial infections (Ann Intern Med 83:683-690, 1975), Steere and Mallison have perpetuated an incorrect conclusion regarding the antiseptic agent, chlorhexidine. This agent, which has been available for 20 years in Britain and Europe, is marketed in several formulations by ICI Limited, England. There is not, and never has been, any evidence that the detergent solution (Hibiscrub⌖) or the alcoholic solutions are susceptible to contaminants. The report (1) on which these authors base their remarks states that the contaminated solutions were very low concentration (0.05%)
ROSENBERG A, ALATARY S. Chlorhexidine and Contaminants. Ann Intern Med. ;84:752–753. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-84-6-752
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1976;84(6):752-753.
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