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lynnemr
Acticoat silver-coated antimicrobial barrier
I recentlty received information about the Smith & Nephew Acticoat silver-coated antimirobial barrier for PICC/CVC sites. Has anyone heard of this or is anyone using it ? If so what to you think of it. Does anyone know how it compares to the Biopatch?
lynncrni
You should expect the

You should expect the manufacturer to supply studies to support their information. Many times this begins with in vitro studies and progresses to clinical studies after the product has been in use for some time.

There are many types of silver, with many different characteristics and levels of effectiveness. I have not seen any clinical studies of outcomes with silver dressings and certainly no published studies comparing silver to CHG dressing such as Biopatch. I would be very interested to know if someone else has such a study.  

 

Lynn Hadaway, M.Ed., RN, BC, CRNI

www.hadawayassociates.com

Lynn Hadaway, M.Ed., NPD-BC, CRNI

Lynn Hadaway Associates, Inc.

PO Box 10

Milner, GA 30257

Website http://www.hadawayassociates.com

Office Phone 770-358-7861

Beth George
I have a pamphlet that was

I have a pamphlet that was given to me from the Tri-State Centurion rep with a study between silver dressings and CHG dressings.  The rep that gave this to me was Ashley P. Burnett out of Georgia.  You can contact her @ 770-952-3338.  The website for Tri State is www.tshsc.com

 I hope this information helps. 

 

Beth George, CRNI, VA-BC
Nurse Clinician/Vascular Access
UAB Medicine
Birmingham, AL

lynncrni
Was this a study published

Was this a study published in a peer-reviewed journal or an in vitro study performed in a lab with the results published only in a piece of sales literature? Both are valuable pieces of information, but obviously a study published by a third party journal will carry more weight.  

 

Lynn Hadaway, M.Ed., RN, BC, CRNI

www.hadawayassociates.com

Lynn Hadaway, M.Ed., NPD-BC, CRNI

Lynn Hadaway Associates, Inc.

PO Box 10

Milner, GA 30257

Website http://www.hadawayassociates.com

Office Phone 770-358-7861

Beth George
Hi Lynn,   It is actually

Hi Lynn,

 

It is actually an in vitro study performed in a lab.  It is a piece of sales literature. Good point you brought up.  I just remembered I had that stored away in a file when I saw the post.  I don't have any journal based information at this time.

 

Beth

Beth George, CRNI, VA-BC
Nurse Clinician/Vascular Access
UAB Medicine
Birmingham, AL

Ramzy
Hi Lynn, Below is a link

Hi Lynn,

Below is a link from the BIOPATCH Web site (www.stopcrbsi.com) that illustrates the relevant differences between BIOPATCH Protective Disk and several of the silver dressings that are still being marketed outside of the wound care arena:

http://www.jnjgateway.com/public/USENG/BIOPATCH_CHG_vs_Silver_061407.pdf

 

Glenda Dennis
I am one of a 2 person PICC
I am one of a 2 person PICC team.  Dressing changes are done by the nursing staff.  We initially used Biopatch and had very low infection rate.  The problem was that the staff often applied the patch upside down.  We switched to Silversight 3 years ago and have had only two infections in that time.  There has been no change in our PICC infection rate.
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