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Chlorhexidine oral care is often applied in hospitalized patients for maintaining oral health or for the prevention of pneumonia albeit that evidence is not consistent across distinct patient populations. Recent insights however, presume that this oral antiseptic might increase mortality. These findings incite thorough reappraisal of this widespread practice.
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About the Author
Stijn Blot is research professor at Ghent University in various fields of infectious diseases. Over the past 2 decades he published over 300 articles and he was provided about 200 invited lectures at international congresses.