Bio Patch with PICC line dressing changes? - page 3

by nervousnurse 11,398 Views | 23 Comments

Hi, I did a search for this topic before posting and the most recent one was 2009----it was interesting that someone posted it was found they weren't effective, whereas others said it is......What's the policy where you work? ... Read More


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    I still disliked them.If you open up the radial slit and then line the exposed catheter with that slit and then secure it with steri strips one can easy peel the whole thing off.If the slit is not lined up with the catheter and you are not extremely careful you can pull out valuable catheter length and this can compromise an optimal tip position.When this happens I just get the edge of the biotech I am having and tear or rip it along the the catheter before I try to peel it off.
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    Quote from iluvivt
    I still disliked them.If you open up the radial slit and then line the exposed catheter with that slit and then secure it with steri strips one can easy peel the whole thing off.If the slit is not lined up with the catheter and you are not extremely careful you can pull out valuable catheter length and this can compromise an optimal tip position.When this happens I just get the edge of the biotech I am having and tear or rip it along the the catheter before I try to peel it off.
    I know how to use them properly. And I'm aware of the issue with losing catheter length as I deal with PICCs all day long. The problem I have is with other nurses who rotate the radial slit so it is OPPOSITE to the catheter making dressing removal very difficult. Our tegaderms do not tear so I have to cut them or slowly pick them off the Bio-Patch with a blunt needle all the while maintaining sterility and not compromising the catheter. It's a huge pain.
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    We use biopatches on all central lines for kiddos who qualify based on wt and allergies.
    We stopped threading the bio patch all the way around the line though. We just set it on top of the insertion site. This helps with the removal/ dislodging the line issue.
    We have been bsi free for >2 years.
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    I work in home health, our standard is to use a biopatch on all PICC/central line sites. The supplier we get our kits from sends the biopatch separate as the pre made kit does not contain the patch.


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