Reply To: Skin prep for VAD

  • Mary Lynn Rae

    May 16, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    We use 3 for external (one for the insertion site and the other 2 for the skin) and 1 big one for PORTS.  I think the NICU likes the 3 swabsticks packaged too as they only use 2. 

    Mary Lynn Rae
    Ann & Robert Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
    Chicago, IL
    United States

    Original Message:
    Sent: 05-16-2014 12:08 PM
    From: Gwen Faschoway
    Subject: Skin prep for VAD

    This message has been cross posted to the following Discussions: Nurse Educators and APHON Open Forum .
    At our institution, we use 3 of the Solu-IV Chg/Alc to clean the skin prior to insertion of the gripper for VAD’S.  We are in a general hospital and in our adult population they use 1 CHLORAPREP CHG/Alc swab to clean.  I do not know the  history of why we use 3 swabs as opposed to one swab but I am looking for feed back on what your institution does with regards to this skin prep. 
    Thanks in advance for you feed back 🙂

    Gwen Faschoway
    Surrey, BC