Hibiclens prevents skin infections thereby reducing the risk of cross infection. Hibiclens has antiseptic activity and a persistent antimicrobial effect with rapid bactericidal activity against a wide range of microorganisms.
Skin Wound and General Skin Cleansing: Wounds which involve more than the superficial layers of the skin should not be routinely treated with Hibiclens. Hibiclens should not be used for repeated general skin cleansing of large body areas except in those patients whose underlying conditions make it necessary to reduce the bacterial population of the skin. To use, thoroughly rinse the area to be cleansed with water. Apply the minimum amount of Hibiclens necessary to cover the skin or wound area and wash gently. Rinse again thoroughly. Surgical Hand Scrub: Wet hands and forearms with water. Scrub for three minutes with about 5 ml of Hibiclens and a wet brush, paying particular attention to the nails, cuticles and interdigital spaces. A separate nail cleaner may be used. Rinse thoroughly. Wash for an additional 3 minutes with 5 ml of Hibiclens and rinse under running water. Dry thoroughly. Personnel Hand Wash: Wet hands with water. Dispense about 5 ml of Hibiclens into cupped hands and wash in a vigorous manner for 15 seconds. Rinse and dry thoroughly. Preoperative Skin Preparation: Apply Hibiclens liberally to surgical site and swab for at least 2 minutes. Dry with a sterile towel. Repeat procedure for an additional 2 minutes and dry with a sterile towel. Laundering: Chlorhexidine gluconate skin cleansers will cause staining if laundered with chlorinated products. Rinse completely and use only non-chlorine detergents. Refer to product literature for full laundering procedures.