Revised EPIC3 now recommend 2% CHG gel-impregnated and 2% CHG sponge IV dressings

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Following a review of the evidence, the Guideline Development Group has revised the recommendation to include 2% CHG gel-impregnated dressings in addition to 2% CHG-impregnated sponge dressings” Loveday et al (2015).

Abstract:

In parallel with the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) MTG review of Tegaderm 2% chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) gel-impregnated dressing, the epic3 scientific advisors reviewed the evidence and wording of the recommendation relating to the use of CHG-impregnated dressings, which currently states “IVAD20 Consider the use of a chlorhexidine-impregnated sponge dressing in adult patients with a central venous catheter as a strategy to reduce catheter-related bloodstream infection.”

New recommendation Class B – Following a review of the evidence, the Guideline Development Group has revised the recommendation to include 2% CHG gel-impregnated dressings in addition to 2% CHG-impregnated sponge dressings.3, 4

Full Revision

Reference:

Loveday, H.P., Wilson, J.A., Prieto, J. and Wilcox, M. (2015) epic3: revised recommendation for intravenous catheter and catheter site care. The Journal of Hospital Infection. December 16th. .

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jhin.2015.11.011
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