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Recent infection control audits within UNC Hospitals have revealed that Biopatches are frequently applied incorrectly.

Here are 5 key points for effective biopatch use:

  • Biopatch® should be used on all central venous access devices including dialysis and apheresis catheters unless contraindicated. This is a proven way to reduce CLABSIs.

  • Biopatch® must be placed at the time of insertion or within 24 hours of line placement (if site is oozing, gauze should be used to cover the site).

  • Following line placement, the catheter must be sutured at least 1.0” from the insertion site. This allows for proper placement of the Biopatch® and allows sufficient room for cleaning of the insertion site and under the catheter hub.

  • Biopatch® should be applied printed side up and have 360 ° contact with the skin around the catheter. This allows for full contact with the skin and CHG at the insertion site. Contamination of the catheter hub is the most common source of BSIs.

  • Biopatch® should be replaced at the time of the central line dressing change or if the patch appears saturated. The foam in Biopatch® can absorb 8 times its weight in fluid, and at this point it has become saturated.

Please adhere to the above points when placing a Biopatch. Internal audits will continue.