Evaluation of a 2% chlorhexidine gluconate in 70% isopropyl alcohol skin disinfectant

D. Adams, M. Quayum, Tony Worthington, Peter A. Lambert, Tom S.J. Elliott

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The efficacy of a new skin disinfectant, 2% (w/v) chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) in 70% (v/v) isopropyl alcohol (IPA) (ChloraPrep®), was compared with five commonly used skin disinfectants against Staphylococcus epidermidis RP62A in the presence or absence of protein, utilizing quantitative time-kill suspension and carrier tests. All six disinfectants [70% (v/v) IPA, 0.5% (w/v) aqueous CHG, 2% (w/v) aqueous CHG, 0.5% (w/v) CHG in 70% (v/v) IPA and 10% (w/v) aqueous povidone iodine (PI)] achieved a log10 reduction factor of 5, in colony-forming units/mL, in a suspension test (exposure time 30 s) in the presence and absence of 10% human serum. Subsequent challenges of S. epidermidis RP62A in a biofilm (with and without human serum) demonstrated reduced bactericidal activity. Overall, the most effective skin disinfectants tested against S. epidermidis RP62A were 2% (w/v) CHG in 70% IPA and 10% (w/v) PI. These results suggest that enhanced skin antisepsis may be achieved with 2% (w/v) CHG in 70% (v/v) IPA compared with the three commonly used CHG preparations [0.5% (w/v) aqueous CHG, 2% (w/v) aqueous CHG and 0.5% (w/v) CHG in 70% (v/v) IPA]. © 2005 The Hospital Infection Society. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)287-290
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Hospital Infection
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2005


  • chloraPrep®
  • chlorhexidine
  • disinfectant
  • isopropanol
  • povidone iodine
  • skin antisepsis


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