Exploring patient experience and understanding of Chlorhexidine Gluconate preoperative washes: A cross-sectional survey
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© 2017 Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control Objectives To explore patient experience, understanding and compliance with using Chlorhexidine Gluconate (CHG) preoperative washes. Methods A cross-sectional survey was conducted over a ten week period with adult inpatients who had undergone a surgical procedure at the study hospital. The survey consisted of 17 questions which participants self-completed. Closed and open-ended questions were i ncluded in the survey to allow both statistical and thematic analysis. Results A 74% (n = 194) sample response rate was attained. The sample obtained was representative of the wider hospital surgical patient population. Although 85% (n = 159) of participants reported they used CHG prior to their surgical procedure only 63% (n = 101) used the wash the recommended two times. Across all age groups in the survey 20% (n = 36) of participants reported they received too little information about CHG washes. Open-ended questions revealed three key themes; lack of information, issues with time or access and inconsistencies across the hospital. Conclusion This project revealed the current experience of patients undergoing surgery in relation to preoperative washing. Lack of information regarding CHG, issues with timing of information and access, as well as inconsistencies between different surgical specialities within the hospital were identified as barriers to participants using CHG. These are areas which could be targeted with a suite of interventions which aim to provide patients with clear, consistent information in a timely manner.
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