Hibiclens is a 4% chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) solution for patient cleansing and skin antisepsis which has been trusted by hospitals and healthcare professionals for more than 40 years.
In numerous studies and publications, the incorporation of Hibiclens into a prevention strategy showed significant reductions in infection rates.
Why Hibiclens is so effective
Chlorhexidine, the active ingredient in Hibiclens, is a broad-spectrum antiseptic skin cleanser that is proven effective against a wide range of bacteria, fungi, viruses and yeast. Washing with chlorhexidine kills bacteria by disrupting the cell membrane.
When used topically, chlorhexidine has the unique ability to bind to the proteins present in human tissues, including skin, with limited systemic or bodily absorption.1 Once it is bound to proteins, chlorhexidine releases slowly, allowing for a longer duration of antimicrobial action.
- 4% CHG begins to kill pathogens on contact2
- Washes clean, leaving a layer of chlorohexidine gluconate protection without sticky residue
- Persistent antimicrobial effect
- Results in a cumulative effect with repeat use
- Incorporates easily into a patient’s usual skin cleansing routine
When to use Hibiclens
Hibiclens 4% CHG solution is in a gentle, skin-cleaning base that can be used for:
- Antimicrobial skin cleanser for patients as part of a horizontal infection prevention approach
- Pre-operative/post-operative showering as directed by a healthcare provider as part of surgical site infection prevention bundles
- Surgical hand scrubbing
- Healthcare personnel hand wash
- Preoperative skin preparation
- World Health Organization. WHO Guidelines on hand Hygiene on Health Care. WHO, 2009.
- Paulson, Daryl S. Persistent and Residual Antimicrobial Effects: Are They Important in the Clinical Setting? Infection Control Today 2005; Vol 9. No 4.