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mastisol under CV Line dressings
The physicians at my hospital are coating the entire area under the dressing with Mastisol before applying the occlusive dressing on Jugular and Subclavian lines(this includes the insertion site and any exposed catheter length).  I have never seen this done before, is this an issue, is it OK? if it is an issue, why?  Thank you....Jane
jane dahl, crni

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Nadine Nakazawa
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Mastisol vs No Sting

 Does anyone use Mastisol as a skin protectant under TSMs for central lines?   We currently use No Sting skin protectant barrier.  I have a colleague on our team who wants to use Mastisol.  I'd like to hear people's experience with Mastisol vs No Sting.

Nadine Nakazawa, RN, BS, VA-BC

 The literature on medical

 The literature on medical adhesive related skin injury recommends against using benzoin products. I can't remember if Mastisol is benzoin or not. 

1. McNichol L, Lund C, Rosen T, Gray M. Medical adhesives and patient safety: state of the science: consensus statements for the assessment, prevention, and treatment of adhesive-related skin injuries. J Wound Ostomy Continence Nurs. Jul-Aug 2013;40(4):365-380; quiz E361-362.


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

Lynn Hadaway Associates, Inc.

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Milner, GA 30257


Office Phone 770-358-7861

 We found that you need the

 We found that you need the companion product Detachol to remove the dressing comfortably.  Found this out when one person was using Mastisol samples unbeknownst to the rest of us. 

I encountered one dressing where the Biopatch was glued to the skin.   I would not put it on the insertion site or the catheter. 

If you use it, the dressing should perhaps be labeled "use Detachol to remove".  



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