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Chlorhexidine mouthwash and nasal gel helps prevent infections after cardiac surgery

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 30 November 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:1163

Researchers from Holland have found a safe, effective, and cheap way of protecting patients from nosocomial infections after cardiac surgery. In their randomised controlled trial chlorhexidine mouthwash and nasal gel significantly reduced the incidence of postoperative infections (19.8% v 26.2%, absolute risk reduction …

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