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Device Is Safer Than Tape or Sutures in Securing IV Catheters in Ill Children

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October 10, 2000
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The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
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A self-adhesive device called StatLock may be preferable to using sterile tape or sutures to secure intravenous catheters that deliver medications to patients. Compared to those standard methods, the device reduced infection rates in patients and avoided needlestick injuries in healthcare providers, say researchers from The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Philadelphia, Pa. – A self-adhesive device called StatLockฎ may be preferable to using sterile tape or sutures to secure intravenous catheters that deliver nutritional fluids and medications to patients. Compared to those standard methods, the device reduced infection rates in patients and was dislodged less frequently, according to researchers from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. In addition, nurses and physicians completely avoided the risk of accidental needlesticks that may occur when inserting sutures. "We found advantages for both patients and healthcare providers," said Gregory J. Schears, M.D., an intensive-care physician in the Division of Critical Care Medicine at Children’s Hospital, and lead author of the study.


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