Guidelines for Showering With Hibiclens® While You Are in the Hospital

This information explains how to shower with Hibiclens® while you are in the hospital. Your healthcare team has recommended that you shower with Hibiclens® skin cleanser while you are in the hospital. It contains a fast-acting antiseptic called chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) that kills germs that live on your skin and will reduce your risk of infection. Hibiclens® can work for up to 6 hours after using it. You may need to use Hibiclens:
  • Daily while your central venous catheter is in place.
  • Before and after a surgery or procedure.
  • If you are a patient in the ICU, have a hematological malignancy, or are getting a stem cell transplant.

Instructions for Using Hibiclens®

  • If you are washing your hair, shampoo and rinse thoroughly.
  • Wash your face with regular soap.
  • Rinse your body with warm water from the neck down.
  • Apply Hibiclens® to a washcloth or directly to the skin being cleansed. Wash gently. Do not dilute the Hibiclens®.
  • Rinse thoroughly with warm water and pat yourself dry.
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Important Points to Remember When Using Hibiclens®

  • Do not use Hibiclens® on children who are younger than 2 months old.
  • Do not use Hibiclens® if you are allergic to chlorhexidine.
  • Do not use Hibiclens® on your face, ears, genital region, or on deep wounds.
  • Do not use regular soap, lotion, powder, or deodorant after washing with Hibiclens®.
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If you have any questions or concerns, talk with a member of your healthcare team. You can reach them Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at ____________________. After 5:00 pm, during the weekend, and on holidays, please call____________________. If there’s no number listed, or you’re not sure, call 212-639-2000.
Guidelines for Showering With Hibiclens® While You Are in the Hospital
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