How to Shower With Hibiclens® While You’re in the Hospital

This information explains how to shower with Hibiclens while you’re in the hospital.

Your healthcare team has recommended that you shower with Hibiclens while you’re in the hospital. Hibiclens is a skin cleanser that kills germs for up to 24 hours after using it. It contains a strong antiseptic (substance used to kill germs and bacteria) called chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG). Showering with Hibiclens will help reduce your risk of infection.

You may need to use Hibiclens:

  • Daily while your central venous catheter (CVC) is in place.
  • Before and after your surgery or procedure.
  • If you’re a patient in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
  • If you’re getting a stem cell transplant.
  • If you have cancer of the blood or lymphatic system including:
    • Leukemia
    • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
    • Hodgkin lymphoma

How to Use Hibiclens

  1. If you’re washing your hair, shampoo, condition, and rinse thoroughly.
  2. Wash your face with regular soap.
  3. Rinse your body with warm water.
  4. Open the bottle of Hibiclens and pour some into your hand or a wet washcloth. Move away from the shower stream to avoid rinsing off the Hibiclens too soon.
  5. Rub it gently over your body from your neck to your waist. Don’t let the solution get into your eyes, ears, mouth, genital area, or wounds.
  6. Rinse thoroughly with warm water.
  7. Dry yourself off with a clean towel after your shower.
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Important Points to Remember When Using Hibiclens

  • Do not use Hibiclens on children who are young er than 2 months old.
  • Do not use Hibiclens if you’re allergic to chlorhexidine.
  • Do not use Hibiclens on your head, face, eyes, ears, mouth, genital area, or on deep wounds. If you have a wound and aren’t sure if you should use Hibiclens on it, ask your doctor or nurse.
  • Do not use regular soap, lotion, cream, powder, or deodorant after washing with Hibiclens.

For more information, read the product label on the outside of the Hibiclens package or visit the Hibiclens website at

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