Risks associated with medical devices containing chlorhexidine / chlorhexidine gluconate. Priority 2 – Warning

Notice type: Warning

Date: 20/03/2017

 

Reference:
HPRA Safety Notice: SN201714


Problem Or Issue:

The use of chlorhexidine-containing devices has recently been associated with

  • Serious but rare anaphylactic reactions due to chlorhexidine allergy.
  • Severe chemical injury and burns in premature infants.

 

Examples of medical devices which may contain chlorhexidine include:

  • wash cloths, vascular access site dressings, antimicrobial dressings;
  • urinary catheters, central venous catheters (CVC), peripherally inserted central venous catheters (PICC lines), needless IV connectors;
  • eye drops, contact lens solution, lubricating gels, bladder irrigation solutions;
    dental implants.

 

Many of these products are available over the counter. Chlorhexidine is an antiseptic and disinfectant that is active against broad spectrum bacteria including MRSA, viruses and fungi.



Background Information Or Related Documents:
Full full information see our safety notice

Risks associated with medical devices containing chlorhexidine / chlorhexidine gluconate


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