Hello--wondering if there are specific guidelines on the amount of CHG/IPA solution to use on a CVC site for a dressing change? Does the mL of the CHG/IPA stick matter?
In our previous CVC dressing kit it contained 3 swabsticks (total of 5.25 mL) of 2% CHG and 70% IPA from Carefusion. For external CVCs (PICCs and external temporary or permanent) we would use one swabstick on the insertion site and then 2nd swabstick back and forth on one side and then the 3rd swabstick on the other side.
In our new CVC kits there was only 1 CHG/IPA swab (1.6 mL) of 3.15% CHG and 70% IPA made from Prevantics/PDI. Is that really enough to clean a CVC site (especially an external CVC)? Is the 3.15% too much for a neonate (but then there is just one)? The idea with just 1 swab is that the RN would flip over the swab to clean one side and then the other side (it is a flat swabstick).
We also have in stock a single 3mL 2% CHG/70% IPA applicator too (mostly used for PORTS).