Newly Published
Correspondence  |   August 2019
Chlorhexidine Inefficacy in Ventilated Patients: Reply
Author Notes
  • Assistance Publique - Hôpitaux de Paris, Louis Mourier Hospital, Medico-Surgical Intensive Care Unit, Colombes, University of Paris, Paris, France. jean-damien.ricard@aphp.fr
  • (Accepted for publication July 1, 2019.)
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Correspondence
Correspondence   |   August 2019
Chlorhexidine Inefficacy in Ventilated Patients: Reply
Anesthesiology Newly Published on August 7, 2019. doi:10.1097/ALN.0000000000002926
Anesthesiology Newly Published on August 7, 2019. doi:10.1097/ALN.0000000000002926
We thank Dr. Kempen for his interest in our work.1  Dr. Kempen states that we “failed to address the specific known pulmonary toxicity.” Dr. Kempen failed to understand that this was not the objective of our study. Dr. Kempen has forgotten that high-quality research recommends to address one question at a time in a study. So the question of chlorhexidine pulmonary toxicity is a completely different question from the one we wished to answer. We would, however, be delighted if Dr. Kempen addresses this interesting issue in a clinical study. Of note, however, we have recently alerted clinicians on the risk of excess mortality linked to chlorhexidine exposure.2