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Table 1 Compliance with 2% CHG bathing and reasons for failure to perform CHG bathing in 242 patients in MICU during the intervention period

From: Real-world experience of how chlorhexidine bathing affects the acquisition and incidence of vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) in a medical intensive care unit with VRE endemicity: a prospective interrupted time-series study

CHG daily bathing Patient-days (%)
Subjects (n = 242) 3749
Compliance with CHG bathing (%)  
 Full bathing 2498 (66.6)
 Partial bathinga 221 (5.9)
 Subtotal 2719 (72.5)
Reasons for non-compliance (%)  
 Critically illb 310 (8.2)
 Dermatitis/abnormal skin conditions 195 (5.2)
 Patient’s refusal to bathe 190 (5.1)
 Absencec 142 (3.8)
 Mechanical barrierd 104 (2.8)
 Post-surgery or post-procedures 52 (1.4)
 Bedside hemodialysis 37 (1.0)
 Subtotal 1030 (27.5)
  1. CHG, chlorhexidine gluconate; MICU, medical intensive care unit
  2. aFull bathing except the back of the body, upper trunk, or extremity
  3. bPatients with unstable vital signs due to serious illness, receiving continuous renal replacement therapy, or dying patients
  4. cAbsence due to conventional hemodialysis, surgery, or other procedures
  5. dPatient with physical restraint or surgical drainage