Impact of Chlorhexidine Cord Cleansing on Mortality, Omphalitis, and Cord Separation Time Among Facility-Born Babies in Nepal and Bangladesh

Luke C Mullany, Shams El Arifeen, Subarna K. Khatry, Joanne Katz, Rashed Shah, Abdullah Baqui, James M. Tielsch

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Guidance is needed regarding potential extension of the WHO recommendation for cord cleansing with chlorhexidine to babies born in facilities. Among 3,223 facility-born babies from Nepal and Bangladesh, mortality was approximately halved among those allocated to the intervention clusters (10.5/1000 vs. 19.4/1000, RR=0.54; 95% CI: 0.30 – 0.97). In high-mortality settings, a single policy for home and facility births is warranted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalPediatric Infectious Disease Journal
StateAccepted/In press - Apr 19 2017


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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