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NICE consults on transparent catheter device

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence is seeking views on a 3M Tegaderm CHG IV catheter device

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is seeking views on a transparent device that holds catheters in place, reducing the risk of infection.

The draft guidance proposes recommending the 3M Tegaderm CHG IV securement dressing for catheters inserted into central veins and arteries.

The device is transparent, allowing clinicians to see the catheter insertion site clearly.

The draft guidance states that the Tegaderm CHG dressing should be considered for use in critically ill patients who need a central venous or arterial catheter in intensive care or a high dependency unit.

NICE centre for health technology evaluation director Carole Longson said: ‘Using catheters in providing treatment or monitoring is a common procedure and it is important that they can be held in place securely, while minimising infection risk to the patient.

‘The draft guidance notes that this transparent technology enables the catheter insertion site to be seen clearly, and also provides antiseptic coverage.’

To comment on the NICE draft guidance by April 17 click here

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