Reply To: Stool on IV tubing

  • Heather Hartlage

    September 13, 2019 at 12:14 pm

    We typically change the cap/IV tubing/dressing (if the stool went that far) and draw prophylactic cultures.  To decrease the occurrence in which we encounter stool on the line, we wrap line connections closest to the patient with telfa and secure with silk tape on any diapered patient or any patient who is experiencing liquid stool.  We have found this to be an effective shield for the line, which is also easily changed and maintained.  Our NICU has used this practice for years and has been almost 450 days CLABSI free!

    Heather Hartlage, MSN,RN,CPON
    Clinical Nurse Education
    Addison Jo Blair Cancer Care and Renal Center
    Norton Children’s Hospital
    Louisville, KY United States
    Original Message:
    Sent: 09-05-2019 05:56 PM
    From: Stephanie Davis
    Subject: Stool on IV tubing

    Hi all,

    I would like to know if other hospitals have developed a set cleaning guideline when stool accidentally lands on IV tubing/caps.
    Any information would be helpful. Thank you!


    Stephanie Davis, BSN RN CPHON
    BMT Clinical Educator
    Children’s Hospital Los Angeles