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What are IV Catheter Dressings

IV Dressing is basically a transparent dressing used to secure objects like I.V. sites or Catheters to the insertion point and can also be used as secondary dressings. These dressings allow the excess moisture to vent while maintaining a moist wound healing environment which is necessary for wound healing. IV Dressings block the germs and keep the catheter site clean and dry.

At HPFY, we offer a wide range of IV dressings from various top-selling manufacturers like 3M, Smith & Nephew, Medline, Reliamed, Systagenix, etc.

When to use IV Dressings?

IV Dressings can be used for the following purposes:
  • Catheter sites
  • IV sites
  • Minor burns
  • Securing surgical incisions
  • Skin grafts and donor sites
  • Stage I and II pressure
  • Post tattoo application and removal
  • Superficial wounds such as abrasions and skin ulcers

When and How should IV Dressing be changed?

Changing the IV or CVS site dressing is very important. Change of dressings at regular intervals keeps germs away from the catheter thus saving you from a possible risk of infection. Dressings must be changed at least once a week or if it gets wet, dirty or loose. A Caregiver or medical professional is required to assist in the change process.

In order to Change the dressing you will require:

How to apply I.V. Catheter Dressings

  1. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water. Make sure that you wash between fingers and under your nails.
  2. Wipe dry.
  3. Set up the above listed supplies on a clean surface.
  4. Put on a pair of sterile gloves.
  5. Gently peel off the old dressing and Biopatch. Dispose the old dressing and the gloves.
  6. Put on a fresh pair of sterile gloves.
  7. Check the skin for any redness, swelling, bleeding or other discharges around the catheter site.
  8. Gently Clean the skin with the sponge and cleaning solution. Let it Air dry.
  9. Place the fresh Biopatch on the area where the catheter is inserted into your skin. Keep the grid side up and the split ends touching.
  10. Peel the backing film from the clear dressing and place it over the catheter.
  11. Remove the gloves and wash your hands again.

Where to buy Popular Catheter/IV Dressings?

HPFY offers a wide selection of catheter and IV Dressings from top manufacturers. Try the Smith & Nephew’s Opsite IV3000 dressing with Moisture Responsive system or Medline’s Sureview Transparent Dressing that permits insertion site visualization. The BSN Cutimed Sorbion Sachet S Drainage Dressing comes with a slit design to ensure a good fit at the exit points of tubes. Buy top-quality products from well-known brands like Opsite, Tegaderm, Biopatch, Convaderm and more at attractive Prices at HPFY.

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