I was just reading an article regarding the prevention of catheter infections. The author states that antiseptic patches are not intended to be used as preventative measure, only as treatment for a catheter with redness at the insertion site. Is this the general consensus? I work in the area of home infusion, and our policy is to use the patches on high risk/immunocompromised patients routinely. Otherwise, we don't use them unless there is redness noted at the site. Lynn, I would be interested in your thoughts.
Alan Taylor, BSN, CRNI