Gauze and tape and transparent polyurethane dressings for central venous catheters

Webster, Joan, Gillies, Donna, O'Riordan, Elizabeth, Sherriff, Karen L. and Rickard, Claire M. (2011) Gauze and tape and transparent polyurethane dressings for central venous catheters. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 11: CD003827.1-CD003827.37. doi:10.1002/14651858.CD003827.pub2


Author Webster, Joan
Gillies, Donna
O'Riordan, Elizabeth
Sherriff, Karen L.
Rickard, Claire M.
Title Gauze and tape and transparent polyurethane dressings for central venous catheters
Journal name Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1469-493X
Publication date 2011
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1002/14651858.CD003827.pub2
Open Access Status
Issue 11
Start page CD003827.1
End page CD003827.37
Total pages 37
Place of publication Oxford, England, U. K.
Publisher John Wiley and Sons
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted abstract
A central venous catheter is a small tube inserted into a major vein to allow medications and other fluids to be 'dripped' into the body over time without repeated injections. It is used in preference to a peripheral catheter (e.g. in the hand or arm) when access is required for long periods of time, or when the fluids being administered are damaging to the tissues. However, because central catheters are open to large veins they are associated with a risk of blood infection. Several different kinds of dressing are used for protecting the central venous catheter site, including transparent polyurethane dressings, and gauze and tape. These dressings may vary in their durability, ease of use, ability to prevent infections and skin reactions. We reviewed all relevant medical trials to identify any differences between dressings, particularly with respect to differences in infection rates. We found that there were fewer catheter-related infections in the group using gauze and tape but the evidence was low quality and larger, better quality studies are needed confirm these findings.
Keyword Occlusive Dressings
Polyurethanes
Bacterial Infections [prevention & control]
Catheterization, Central Venous [adverse effects]
Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collections: Official 2012 Collection
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