One of the biggest concerns that healthcare providers have in any hospital or home health setting, is preventing infection. On average, 50 patients die each day in US hospitals due to bloodstream infections.  In most cases, these bloodstream infections are often preventable. The CDC recommends the use of chlorhexidine-impregnated dressings for prevention of intravascular catheter-related infections. Many hospitals and healthcare centers use BioPatch dressing to combat the dangers of infection, as it is an effective IV dressing choice that reduces the incidence of catheter-related and local infections as well as skin colonization in patients.

BioPatch Dressing

BioPatch dressing with CHG provides a potent antimicrobial and anti-fungal dressing. These features and others give the 1″ BioPatch® the ability to inhibit bacterial growth. This premium dressing can absorb nearly eight times its weight in liquid. When applying BioPatch dressing, there are some do’s and don’ts that you should follow every time.  We have outlined the most important ones for you below.

BioPatch Application Do’s

Prepare the insertion site

When applying BioPatch dressing to a patient, the first thing you will want to do is to prepare the insertion site. Thoroughly cleanse and dry the location you will be applying the BioPatch.  Next, you will want to place the BioPatch so the slit is either near or underneath the patient’s catheter. You will also want to make sure the slit is facing toward the catheter.  When placing the dressing, you will want to make sure it’s about 1” from the insertion site.

Keep the dressing edges together

It’s essential that the edges of the dressing are together to maximize the effectiveness. When placing the BioPatch, you should place the dressing with the adhesive side down and the printed side up for easy removal.  In some situations, if the BioPatch has become stuck to the skin, you can use normal saline to remove it.  Make sure that the catheter is aligned with the slit in the dressing and that the edges of the dressing are touching.

Don’t miss to cover the dressing

Once the BioPatch is placed, you should then cover the dressing with an additional bioclusive dressing and write the date and time on it.  BioPatch dressing will maintain effectiveness for one week as long as it is kept dry and intact; however, it’s always smart to check the dressing daily.

When placed correctly, BioPatch is exceptionally effective at protecting patients from the bacteria, microflora, and other organisms present on their own skin that pose a danger to them.

BioPatch Application Don’ts

If BioPatch dressing is used incorrectly or placed improperly you could be missing out on all of the antimicrobial and anti-fungal benefits of the dressing. Below are a few of the “don’ts” you should avoid when applying BioPatch dressing.

Avoid patching on wet skin

To start, always make sure that your BioPatch application site is completely dry.  If the site is not completely dry, then some or all of the adhesive material may not be able to form a complete seal. BioPatch dressing requires complete 360-degree skin contact around the catheter for maximum efficacy.

Placing patch on catheter

It’s important that the catheter is not sutured too close to the entry point. To achieve proper skin antisepsis during dressing changes, it is important to provide plenty of room for the BioPatch dressing.  Avoid placing BioPatch directly on to the catheter. BioPatch must be in complete contact with the skin for it to be effective.

Patch with white foam facing up

As mentioned above, always make sure the BioPatch is placed with the white foam side is facing down. The antimicrobial foam must always be in contact with the skin. If after application you notice the white foam side is facing you, it must be changed immediately.

Patch directly on infected wounds or burns

You should not place BioPatch directly on or over infected wounds or burns and it should not be used as a treatment of percutaneous device-related infections.

How it works?

BioPatch is a polyurethane foam disc that has chlorhexidine gluconate, or CHG, within it. BioPatch® is used to combat a wide variety of gram positive and gram negative bacteria in patients.

BioPatch dressing provides patients with a steady dose of CHG around the insertion site for a full seven days provided the dressing does not become wet or damaged. The foam disc keeps the insertion site clean and dry, all while simultaneously releasing CHG. BioPatch® dressing has been shown to reduce the rate of central line infections up to 69%.

Without the use of BioPatch dressing, bacteria can quickly recolonize on a patient’s skin following antiseptic application. BioPatch’s unique mode of action works by slowly releasing the antimicrobial and antifungal CHG from the dressing foam.

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