Background: The rates of central line associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) is a major concern in the healthcare industry. It is imperative that healthcare professionals take every precaution to prevent these life-threatening infections to the already critically ill patient.

Objective: The reason for this paper is to assess the effectiveness of the use of daily chlorhexidine baths in patients with central lines in the prevention of CLABSIs.

Narrative Review: A narrative review of evidence was conducted to assess the effectiveness of daily chlorhexidine bathing in patients with central lines. Twelve studies were moved forward in the project. Each of the twelve studies show a decrease in CLABSI rates when using daily chlorhexidine bathing.

Clinical Practice: After conducting this evidence-based project, it is advised that nursing staff implement the use of daily chlorhexidine bathing in their mandatory interventions for critically ill patients with central venous access.

Date of publication

Summer 8-6-2023

Document Type

MSN Capstone Project



Persistent identifier



Masters of Science in Nursing, FNP