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IV3000* Treston-Aurand J et al. abstract

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Treston-Aurand J et al. Impact of dressing materials on central venous catheter infection rates. J Intravenous Nursing 1997;20(4):201-206.


Transparent, semipermeable, polyurethane dressings have become widely accepted for dressing central venous catheter (CVC) insertion sites. However, there have been differing results in terms of their association with microbial growth under the dressing and the risk of subsequent CVC-associated infection. This study describes our positive experience in terms of the impact of a highly permeable transparent dressing on CVC-associated infection among patients at our facility.

When the dressing protocol was changed from a standard transparent dressing to tape and gauze, problems arose because adherence properties of tape and gauze were variable and nurses needed to remove the gauze to inspect the site. As a possible solution to improve catheter care, a new highly permeable transparent dressing was introduced and assessed. The change in dressing resulted in fewer catheter-related infections.