broviac, who change the dressing?

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    how often do you change the dressing for central lines, broviac?

    do you have a special nurse to change it?

    does anyone has a policy on this?


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    Once a week. Whoever has that patient for the day shift it is dated to be changed changes it.

    opps....sorry I just noticed this was the NICU site. Sorry.
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    sorry about the post, wrong sent comment. this should be on another thread.
    Last edit by kaibigan on Jun 15, '05 : Reason: wrong comment posted
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    thanks tweety
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    We change the dressing when it looks like it needs changing - I've never seen a Broviac dressing last more than a few days, so it's about 2 times a week for those. For PCVC or PICC lines, it's PRN, and those dressings seem to last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, depending on the baby's size and condition. If it's a broviac, any RN can do the dressing. If it's a PCVC or PICC, we have a list of nurses who have been trained to change those dressings.
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    For Central lines (surgically placed) we (RN's) change them q Monday and if it gets soiled. For PICC lines, the NNP or MD changes that dressing if it gets soiled. Yes we do have a policy for CL dressing changes.
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    Right now, every 3 days, but I believe the lastest research shows every 7 days is fine. Nurses change those dressings. PICC, only a hand full of us do so.
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    We change them q 7days or if they're soiled or pulling up and we always use a biopatch. PICC dressing changes are done solely by the NNP's on our unit.

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    Since we're a dedicated children's hospital we have a lot more resources I think. Our broviac dressings are changed by our hospital IV team q7 days or PRN at the bedside nurses request. Our PICC and midline dsgs are changed by our unit PICC/ midline nurses who also place them. Any of us can reinforce the dressings as needed. Our assessment sheets require us to chart the status of the dressing q12 hours and the date it was last changed.
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    Quote from Finallyat40
    We change them q 7days or if they're soiled or pulling up and we always use a biopatch.
    I wished we used biopatches!!! I hear great things about them. Every kid we've ever had with a Broviac ends up having it get infected, whether it's in the NICU or shortly after discharge home. Usually the source of infection is at the insertion site. WHY we aren't investigating things like biopatches is beyond me...

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