Reply To: New Ports and Skin Glue

  • Nelia Camarao

    November 14, 2019 at 12:35 am
    If the gauze is used to support the wings of the port and does not obscure the insertion site, it is not considered a gauze dressing. Changing gauze dressing every 48 hours is per INS Standard. Aside from the fact that gauze dressing can be a breeding ground for bacteria and it’s best practice to assess the skin under the dressing.

    Nelia Michaela A. Camarao BSN, RN, VA-BC

    RN Supervisor Infusion Services

    Mary Bridge Infusion Specialty Servicess

    Multicare Health System

    Phone 253.403.1833  Cell 253.318.2212 Fax 253.403.1845

    315 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Tacoma, WA 98424


    ——Original Message——

    So why would a sterile gauze cause a dressing to be changed twice weekly? We sometimes put a gauze on the wings of our ports so they don’t stick to the dressing and we accidentally remove the needle when changing a dressing if it got soiled before the due date for a port access. But our port access kits come with sterile split gauze, do yalls? We use to put the split gauze on top of biopatch and under wings but we stopped that practice

    Erica Fernandez, RN
    Pasadena, TX
    United States