Bio Patch with PICC line dressing changes?

  1. 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?

    Where I'm working, we don't deal with PICCs often, so that's another reason I want to ask. At my previous, we ALWAYS used the biopatch, but now, we're only using the regular dressing kit, which contains the spongy chlorhexadine thingee to cleanse the insertion site.

    I was reading on a PICC Nursing site about the biopatch, and it seems as though it is still used a lot. I suggested it to my boss and am awaiting her response.
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  3. by   SwansonRN
    We still use the bio patch, but soon we are switching to the kits with an anti microbial gel instead. Our PICC dressing kits come with alcohol swabs, chlorahexadine, skin protectant, the dressing itself and a catheter stabilization device.
  4. by   blondy2061h
    Our policy is the same whether it's a PICC, CVL, or IVAD. We use biopatches. The kits have 2 masks (patient and nurse), sterile gloves, a tegaderm dressing, two chg swabs, one skin protectant swab, a gauze (for if the site is fresh and bleeding is an issue), and a small sterile drape, which I never use.
  5. by   Altra
    Use of biopatch is policy where I work.
  6. by   SoldierNurse22
    Biopatch or gel are policy--no exceptions--at my workplace.
  7. by   ayla2004
    Iv nurses do our picc dressing however we can change if assess and the dressings is soiled etc. I asked about biopatch and we don't use them as it hides the site. We do use tegaderm with the gel and chg frepps.

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  8. by   sbostonRN
    Our dialysis nurses (in-house) use biopatches on their HD catheter sites, but we do not use them on regular accessed PICC or central lines. Our kit includes one mask, sterile gloves, alcohol swab, chlorhexidine sponge, and Tegaderm dressing. We also don't use a securement device as the dressing itself secures the catheter.
  9. by   TheCommuter
    At my place of employment the policy is to apply biopatches with each PICC line, midline, or other type of central line dressing change.

    Floor nurses do not deal with dialysis perma-caths because they are accessed and dressed during outpatient dialysis appointments.
  10. by   ohioSICUrn
    its our policy (and good practice) to use the bioatch. the area of the biopatch is small enough for proper assessments to take place. I always change OSH dressings on PICCs when they dont have biopatches.
  11. by   iluvivt

    It helps to look at the current recommendations and then try and interpret them based on all the evidence you can find. These are from the CDC Guidelines to prevent catheter related blood stream infections ..keep in mind they do not endorse any particular product nor do INS guidelines but the biopatch is an impregnated sponge dressing

    Use a chlorhexidine

    impregnated sponge dressing for

    temporary short
    term catheters in
    patients older than 2 months of age if the CLABSI rate is not decreasing despite
    adherence to basic prevention measures, including education and training, appropriate
    use of chlorhexidine for skin antisepsis, and MSB [93,

    98]. Category 1B


    No recommendation is made for other types of chlorhexidine dressings. Unresolved issue

    Clearly, when you read all the evidence it is evident that CHG cannot transfer, suppress colonization, and subsequently decrease risk where it is not in contact with the skin. Biopatch is effective because it does make this contact when you compare it to competitors. Circumferential protection at the insertion site is a superior design without gaps in coverage and thus efficiency . Keep in mind that this only addresses extraluminal sources of infection and not the extraluminal sources.
    Since there is no longer any reimbursement as of Oct 2008 for hospital acquired CRBSI I believe that the goal should be a BIG zero as a goal for CRBSI and you should do everything in your power to prevent it. That requires excellent insertion and care and use practices,

  12. by   NicuGal
    We use biopatchon our kiddos that meet criteria. They are looking at dressings that impregnated with gel for our older kids and on the adult floors. All central access lines, except umbilical lines, get a patch unless they have skin issues with it. If we use it on our 1000 gm and feel it doesn't obscure the site then it will be fine on adults we have been over a year without a central line infection
  13. by   turnforthenurse
    Using a Biopatch is policy at my workplace, but it's interesting because our central line dressing kits do not contain them. We have to remember to grab the Biopatch separately. The dressing kits contain 2 sets of masks, sterile gloves, chlorahexadine, skin protectant, tape, a 2x2 (which I don't use) and a clear sterile dressing (Tegaderm).
  14. by   NurseDirtyBird
    Our facility policy is actually different. We are not to use a biopatch unless there are s/s infection because of visualization issues. Sounds too late to me, but that's our policy.