Introduction. Antisepsis of the skin of adults, children and newborns before the insertion of a peripheral venous catheter (PVC) reduces the risk of catheter related infections (CRI). Data on the effectiveness of electrolytic sodium hypochlorite are missing. Methods. An explorative study was conducted on children, adults and newborns admitted to hospital and with skin antisepsis with sodium hypoclorite 0.057g with active chlorine 0.055g in 100ml (Amukine Med®) to assess the level of contamination of PVC tips, as surrogate sign of infection. Quantitative methods were used and the catheter tip was considered colonized if >1000 CFU (colony forming Units)/catheter segment. Results. In the sample of 42 adults, 51 children and 52 newborns, 16.7%, 7.8% and 3.8% of catheter tips were contaminated respectively. No catheter related phlebites were observed. Conclusions. Skin antisepsis with Amukine Med® seems effective in preventing CRIs but further comparative studies are needed with the antiseptics recommended by guidelines.
|Translated title of the contribution||Skin antisepsis with 0.05% sodium hypoclorite before the insertion of a peripheral venous catheter in adults, children and newborns|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Assistenza infermieristica e ricerca : AIR|
|Publication status||Published - 2013|
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