Chloraprep is a combination of 2% chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) & 70% isopropyl alcohol (IPA), this formulation is thought by many clinicians to be the most exciting breakthrough in antiseptics since povidone iodine.
A few advantages thought by the Centers for Disease Control on Chloraprep:
- More effective at reducing skin bacteria than other antiseptics
- Exhibits a rapid & persistant bactericidal activity without irritating the skin
- Active in protein-rich biomaterials
The Centers for Disease Control has targeted the prevention of catheter-related infections. Catheter-related infections are a preventable problem that affect hundreds of thousands of patients every year. These infections increase patient morbidity, lengthen hospital stays, and require additional medical interventions. One critical step in the prevention of catheter-related infection is proper skin prepping with an effective antiseptic. Which antiseptic should you use? The CDC recently announced new Guidelines for the that for cutaneous antisepsis, “. . . a 2% chlorhexidine-based preparation is preferred . . .”
To read more: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr5110a1.htm