December 2014: Chlorhexidine: reminder of potential for hypersensitivity
December 2014: Chlorhexidine solutions: reminder of the risk of chemical burns in premature infants
For bladder infection, dissolution of blood clots and maintenance of indwelling urinary catheters, the first choice should be sodium chloride 0.9%.
Aqueous chlorhexidine may be used in the management of common infections of the bladder, but it is ineffective against Pseudomonas spp. It may irritate the mucosa and cause burning and haematuria in which case it should be discontinued.