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Posted by Administrator on August 10, 2017

NICE Adoption support for SecurAcath for securing percutaneous catheters

NICE published in June 2017 the case for adopting SecurAcath for securing peripherally inserted central catheters (PICCs) as it was supported by the evidence. SecurAcath is easy to insert, well tolerated, associated with a low incidence of catheter-related complications and does not usually need removing while the catheter is in place. SecurAcath should be considered for any PICC with an anticipated medium- to long-term dwell time (15 days or more). There are many benefits including:

  • reducing catheter dislodgement and migration rates
  • reducing other catheter complications such as:

              - deep vein thromboses, because better securement prevents ‘pistoning’ of the                               catheter       
             - site infection, because SecurAcath allows for 360° cleaning of the site

  • releasing clinician and possible clinic time by reducing the need to replace migrated venous catheters
  • reducing equipment costs associated with replacing migrated and dislodged venous catheters
  • reducing patient anxiety associated with risk of catheter dislodgement
  • improving patient experience by minimising skin damage, particularly during dressing changes
  • reducing staff anxiety associated with risk of venous catheter dislodgement during dressing changes.

For further information please go to https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/mtg34/resources and https://www.nice.org.uk/advice/mib107

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