By Michael Vlessides

Calgary, Alberta—Medical professionals might be underestimating the anaphylactic potential of chlorhexidine, one of the most common antimicrobial agents in the OR, according to a recent study in Canada.

Although the study found that the majority of clinicians were aware of chlorhexidine’s allergic potential, the frequency with which the agent causes anaphylaxis was markedly underestimated. The researchers also found that almost one in 10 patients who identified as