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Chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) Resistance in Bacteria—Should I Be Concerned?

Posted by Caitlin Stowe MPH, CPH, CIC, on Dec 1, 2016 10:29:00 AM

A recent article entitled Mechanisms of increased resistance to chlorhexidine and cross-resistance to colistin following exposure of Klebsiella pneumoniae clinical isolates to chlorhexidine published in the Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy journal showed how researchers induced resistance to chlorhexidine (CHG) in Klebsiella pneumoniae, and identified cross-resistance to the antibiotic, colistin—marking the first time that any bacteria was shown to exhibit resistance to CHG.  

[If the resistant Klebsiella from this study was exposed to PDI’s Prevantics® antiseptics products, the bacteria would have been killed by the CHG level. Read further to see why.]

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