HF 7403

Daily Chlorhexidine Gluconate (CHG) Treatment 

Chlorhexidine Gluconate (CHG) Soap

CHG soap is special soap that kills germs on your skin.

CHG Soap Importance

1 out of every 20 patients might get a hospital acquired infection (HAIs) while they are in the hospital. Using CHG helps lowers the germs on your skin, reducing your risk for a HAI.

CHG Soap Side Effects

Some people may experience side effects, which can include:

  • Itchiness

  • Redness

  • Irritation

If you have any skin problems, rinse the CHG soap off your skin and let your nurse know right away.

Does CHG soap hurt metal jewelry or jewelry stones?

No. There is no data to show that CHG soap hurts metal jewelry or jewelry stones.

How to Use CHG Soap

  • If you have any open skin areas, check with a nurse before using CHG soap to shower.

    • CHG should not be directly applied to the genital and bottom area.

  • Wash your hair using regular shampoo. Then rinse your hair.

  • Wash your face using the non-CHG soap.

  • Use CHG soap like you would use a liquid soap. Put the CHG soap directly on your skin and wash gently.

  • Rinse well with warm water.

  • Do not use your regular soap after you use the CHG soap.

  • Dry your skin with a towel.

Can I use lotion after I use CHG soap?

Yes, you can use a lotion after you bathe with CHG soap. Most over-the-counter lotions are not okay to use with CHG. Only use hospital approved lotions when you are in the hospital.

Preventing the Spread of Germs on Your Skin

  • Clean your hands before you leave your room and when you return.

  • Bathe daily and change into clean clothing. If you cannot bathe yourself, staff will help you.

  • Put on a clean robe (may use a second gown worn like a robe) before you leave your room. Keep the robe on while outside your room.

  • Avoid contact with other patients.

At Home

Most of the time, CHG is not needed at home. However, sometimes patients do need to bathe daily at home with CHG soap. Your doctor or nurse will tell you if you need to use CHG at home.