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Use of Biopatch for central lines

  • 1.  Use of Biopatch for central lines

    Posted 05-15-2019 21:50
    Hello,
    I'm curious to know in what situations other outpatient oncology practices/Infusion areas are using a Biopatch.  Are you routinely using them for PICCs and tunneled catheters, such as the Hickman?  Also, do any of you use them on port needles for patients going home with 46 hr. ambulatory infusion pumps?  What about with 7-day ambulatory infusion pumps?

    Thanks for any information you can share.


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    Sandy Thornton RN, BSN, OCN
    The Cancer Center at Springfield Clinic
    Springfield, IL
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  • 2.  RE: Use of Biopatch for central lines

    Posted 05-16-2019 11:04
    I work on an onc unit in hospital. Bio patches are used on all central lines, Piccs, PAC hospital wide.

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    Bonnie Brooks RN
    Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital
    Santa Rosa CA
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  • 3.  RE: Use of Biopatch for central lines

    Posted 05-17-2019 06:14
    Our outpatient policy is that all PICCs get a biopatch, and all ports that will be left accessed for 24 hours or greater get a biopatch. For inpatient, every patient gets a biopatch no matter what (they are almost always there 24 hours or greater).

    - Tiff




  • 4.  RE: Use of Biopatch for central lines

    Posted 05-17-2019 18:14
    ​We do not place them for same day cannulation and removal of implanted ports as chlorhexidine is reported to be effective for 18 hours.  We do place them on all tunneled catheters, PICCs, implanted ports for pts going home cannulated, and those scheduled to be admitted from the clinic.

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    Sharon Manson RN MS
    Director of Infusion Services
    Rush University Medical Center
    Chicago, IL
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  • 5.  RE: Use of Biopatch for central lines

    Posted 05-16-2019 13:48
    In our Ambulatory clinic, we rarely use biopatches anymore. We currently use chlorhexidine iv securement dressings for Picc, central lines and ports if they have to stay accessed for more than 24hrs.

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    Brigitte Williams BSN
    Registered Nurse
    Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center
    Lebanon TN
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  • 6.  RE: Use of Biopatch for central lines

    Posted 05-17-2019 02:07
    In our ambulatory, out patient clinic we use bio patches for all picc lines. We rarely use them for perm caths. We never use them for port needles, we do wear a mask with sterile technique on all perm caths, port accesses and picc line dressing changes.

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    ToKamy "Kamy" Alejo, RN, OCN
    Clinical Infusion Nurse
    Texas Oncology
    Waco, Texas
    254-717-0440
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