Leonard Mermel, Rhode Island Hospital (image) Lifespan Caption In a new study, Mermel and colleagues at Rhode Island Hospital found a reduced risk of hospital-acquired infections (HAI) when using two percent chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) cloths for daily bathing instead of soap and water. The study found a 64 percent decrease in the risk of acquiring an infection from either MRSA or VRE. Credit Rhode Island Hospital Usage Restrictions With name and title. Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.