Please share with me what your practice is with respect to "IV site" care when extending a site beyond 72 or 96 hours.
Our IV team disagrees as to what 'IV site care' is when a site is extended. We all assess the site daily but the disagreement occurs as to whether it is 'best practice' to change the dressing daily or to leave it for another 72 hours. We use tegadermÂ dressings and chlorhex/alcohol swabs for care. I have not been successfulÂ in finding any supportive literature on this seemingly simple practice issue.
Should we be pulling the dressing off every day? Seems to me that we are exposing the site to potential for contamination.