IV products: 3M Health Care has announced the launch of its newest infection prevention product in the UK, Tegaderm CHG (chlorhexidine gluconate) I.V. securement dressing, transparent, antimicrobial dressing used to cover and protect catheter sites and toÂ secure devices to skin. For the first time, clinicians have a dressing thatÂ provides continual antimicrobial activity whilst maintaining complete site visibility.
Risk of infection associated with intravascular devices is a major concern for health care professionals. Approximately 40% of bloodstream infections are associated with invasive devices and two thirds of these are due to intravenous devices such as peripheral and central line catheters1. The microorganisms that colonise catheter hubs and the skin adjacent to the insertion site, such as coagulase-negative staphylocci and Staphyloccus aureus are the source of many catheter-related bloodstream infections.
Tegaderm CHG dressing consists of a transparent adhesive dressing and an integrated gel pad containing the highly effective antiseptic agent, chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG). Testing in healthy volunteers has shown that Tegaderm CHG dressing reduces the amount of skin flora under the dressing and prevents re-growth. In vitro testing shows CHG has broad spectrum activity against, and is a barrier to, a wide variety of gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria and yeast, including the majority of pathogens that are of most concern to Infection Control practitioners.
Health care facilities are facing increasing pressure to minimise the total cost of infection and improve the quality of patient care. Tegaderm CHG dressing adds to a trusted line of 3M infection prevention products that help protect the I.V. site. The dressing has been specifically designed to reduce skin colonisation the most common source of catheter-related bloodstream Infections said Emma Jenkins, Senior Marketing Executive, 3M Health Care .
Since the Tegaderm dressing and its integrated CHG gel pad are transparent; it allows continuous catheter site visualisation, enabling health care professionals to detect any signs of inflammation or infection around the intravascular device. The dressing is also breathable, is an effective barrier to outside contaminants and absorbs fluids.
Health care professionals have relied on the Tegaderm family of dressings for protection of I.V. sites for the last 25 years. The dressings incorporate 3Ms patented product designs, adhesive, polymer and transparent film technologies to provide health care professionals with products that are simple, clinically effective, dependable and trusted.
1. National Audit Office: Reducing Healthcare Associated Infections in Hospitals in England, June 2009