Hello everyone! Happy Holidays!!
We just started using GuardIVa, which has antibacterial and hemostatic properties. We've been having discussions about whether to leave the GuardIVa in place for 48 hours if it has some blood accumulation so as not to "break the clot" and give it more time to heal/coagulate. When you remove the dressing and clean again with the CHG within the first 24 hours, any healing of the wound edges is slowed/thwarted. As long as the blood is not oozing out from underneath the dressing, but is contained in the GuardIVa, it should be able to be left in place for 48 hours, as you would a gauze dressing. Am I correct? Does anyone have any insight regarding this?
ABMC Vascular Access