According to the INS, catheter extensions should be changed with the catheter, with each administration set replacement, OR as defined by the organization...
So, what is your organization's policy?
To clarify, I'm trying to find reliable info on whether the use of extensions leads to a greater incidence of CLABSI.
Our policy for PICC lines specifically is that the extension and needleless cap are changed at the time of dressing change, which is weekly and PRN if soiled/loose/etc.
Last edit by Anna Flaxis on Jul 23, '13
: Reason: Clarity