Good morning to all:
There has beed some discussion in our department about the first dressing change on newly inserted PICCs.
I searched in the INS Standards and the INS Policy and Procedures manuals but cannot find the answer to my questions.
Can you help?Â Here it goes....
What is everyone doing for dressing when they insert a PICC?Â Â Â Â When we insert them, if there is no blood oozing from the insertion, we tend to put a Biopatch at the site.Â We check the site at 24-48 hours and IF we see blood, even a pinhead size, we will change the dressing.Â Even a minute amount of blood on the Biopatch is very discernable.Â Â Obviously, if we use a gauze due to the patient's bleeding status, we change that dressing at 24-48 hours and apply a Biopatch at that time.
Is there anything written that says we MUST put a gauze at the site at the time of insertion?Â If so, please guide me to it so I can print it and present it to my collegues.Â Â I have not been able to find any such article, but would love to hear from you all about this issue.
Thanks in advance to all your expert responses.