Nashville, Tennessee 37212


Use of 2% chlorhexidine gluconate cloths pre-operatively and daily post-operatively jaw line to toes will decrease surgical site infections (SSI) by 30% when compared to patients who receive routine standard of care (use of chlorhexidine cloths night before surgery and morning of surgery).

Study summary:

Patients undergoing colorectal surgery will be randomized in a 1:1 fashion into two groups. One will be standard of care using 2% Chlorhexidine Gluconate wipes night before surgery and morning if surgery. The second group will be randomized into the study arm using 2% Chlorhexidine Gluconate clothes from jaw line to toes night before surgery, morning of surgery and daily post operative. Skin cultures will be obtained at time of consent, prior to surgical procedure before surgical scrub and draping, post operative day 4 and at 30 day follow up visit. Incision lines will be assessed daily by study staff for signs of surgical site infection utilizing the CDC's 3 definitions of surgical site infections, superficial incisional SSI, deep incisional SSI, and organ space SSI.


Inclusion Criteria: - 1. Patients > 18 years old scheduled for a colorectal surgical procedure ASA>2 OR pre-operatively hospitalized Exclusion Criteria: - Unable to consent - Known allergy to any of the ingredients contained in SAGE chlorhexidine gluconate cloths - Current infection or history of abdominal infections. - Patients on chronic steroids or immunosuppressive medications.



Primary Contact:

Principal Investigator
Steven R Klintworth, RN
Vanderbilt Medical Center

Steven R Klintworth, RN
Phone: 615-936-3298

Backup Contact:

Gail Mayo, RN
Phone: 615-936-1705

Location Contact:

Nashville, Tennessee 37212
United States

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Site Status: Recruiting

Data Source:

Date Processed: March 16, 2018

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