We have a new CVL maintanence policy on my unit. It seems that our educator has deemed that it is not "best practice" to suture our central lines in place anymore due to the risk for infection.(Not that we had an increase in central line infections- but I digress) Anyway.... so our docs are no longer suturing and we are using Stat Locks and changing them weekly with the dressing change. Well, of course, all of us hate this idea including the docs. Just makes us nervous. In fact 2 babies with IJs have had their lines slip out- thank goodness we are all SOOO nervous about the whole thing that we are checking those sites every hour diligently- these lines did not infiltrate, but what if??? Since the near miss incidents- docs have been suturing IJs on the babies but using stat locks on everything else.
My question is...... is anyone else doing this??? Please tell me not to worry and it will all be ok!!???:spin: