Care of the Insertion Site.docx - Care of the Insertion Site Catheter Care o A dressing at the insertion site of a central line acts as a protective

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Care of the Insertion Site Catheter Care: o A dressing at the insertion site of a central line acts as a protective covering to prevent infection and also helps stabilize the catheter to prevent migration. o How often you change the dressing varies with the type of dressing (gauze versus transparent) and the appearance of the dressing (soiled or damp versus clean and dry). o Always use surgical asepsis (sterile technique) when changing the dressing and be sure to follow your facility’s policy for specific guidelines. o The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends changing a dressing when it is damp, loosened, or soiled. The Infusion Nurses Society recommends changing gauze dressings every 48 hours and transparent dressings 3 to 7 days or whenever they are no longer intact. o A transparent semipermeable membrane dressing is often preferred as it allows easy visualization of the insertion site.

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