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Catheter infection control dressing 'popular' in critical care

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An antiseptic dressing designed to reduce infection risk from central venous catheters is more popular in intensive care than outpatients, an analysis for the Department of Health has found.

Nurse at Imperial College Healthcare Trust evaluated the 3M Tegaderm CHG Chlorhexidine Gluconate IV Securement Dressing, as part of the DH Showcase Hospitals Local Technology Review programme.

It was assessed over four months in ICU, a haematology ward and an outpatient antibiotic therapy service.

ICU and haematology staff rated the dressing “more positively” than OPAT staff.

“The main concerns in the evaluation were local skin reactions at the insertion site with certain types of line within the haematology and the OPAT patient groups,” the analysis report said.

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  • This isnt news we have been using this for more than a year

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  • feedback on experiences of its efficacy would be more useful than just arguing whether it is new or not!

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