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World J Clin Pediatr. May 8, 2016; 5(2): 159-171
Published online May 8, 2016. doi: 10.5409/wjcp.v5.i2.159
Antiseptic use in the neonatal intensive care unit - a dilemma in clinical practice: An evidence based review
Sundar Sathiyamurthy, Jayanta Banerjee, Sunit V Godambe
Sundar Sathiyamurthy, Jayanta Banerjee, Sunit V Godambe, Children’s Directorate, Department of Neonatal Medicine, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London W12 0HS, United Kingdom
Author contributions: All authors equally contributed to this paper with conception and design of the study, literature review and analysis, drafting and critical revision and editing, and final approval of the final version.
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Correspondence to: Dr. Sunit V Godambe, MBBS, MD, FRCPCH, Consultant Neonatologist, Head of Specialty for Neonatology, Children’s Directorate, Department of Neonatal Medicine, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, Hammersmith House, 5th Floor, Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital, Du Cane Road, London W12 0HS, United Kingdom. sunit.godambe@imperial.nhs.uk
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Received: September 30, 2015
Peer-review started: October 1, 2015
First decision: November 4, 2015
Revised: December 18, 2015
Accepted: January 16, 2016
Article in press: January 19, 2016
Published online: May 8, 2016
Core Tip

Core tip: Topical antiseptic agents play a crucial role in the prevention of nosocomial infections in infants admitted to neonatal intensive care unit. There is a paucity of good quality studies to guide us on the most effective and safe antiseptic preparation, concentration and combination for use in neonatal skin disinfection. Further research is urgently needed to identify the most appropriate and safe antiseptic use in neonates including preterm and very low birth weight infants.