DRESSING DISRUPTIONS PUT PATIENTS AT RISK
Dressings are used to protect vascular catheter insertion sites in an attempt to reduce infection risk. A dressing disruption analysis found that two out of three of dressing changes were unplanned because the dressing became soiled, wet or loose.1 A large cohort study confirmed that dressing disruption can increase infection risk by more than 12-fold.1 Acquisition of nosocomial catheter-related infections significantly increases patient mortality, morbidity and length of stay, justifying prevention efforts.2
THE STATSEAL SOLUTION
Standardize, simplify and minimize post procedure care and maintenance of vascular access sites with StatSeal®, a topical dressing that quickly forms a seal to stop the flow of blood and exudates.3 Comprised of a hydrophilic polymer and potassium ferrate, StatSeal works independently of the clotting cascade to form a seal, protecting the access site from contamination.
Prophylactic use of StatSeal on vascular access sites has been shown to effectively and drastically reduce infection rates.3-4
StatSeal is non-prescription, hypoallergenic and non-systemic. It passed all FDA-required biocompatibility testing and has no age contraindications. StatSeal is available in both powder and disc (compressed powder) form, to suit a wide variety of clinical applications.
Instantly creates a seal
- Prevents oozing and bleeding
- Creates a hostile barrier to microbial penetration5
- Works with any protein-rich body fluid
Minimizes dressing disruptions3-4
- Reduces site exposure3-4
- Eliminates need for 24 to 48 hour post-insertion dressing changes3-4
- Keeps sites dry and intact, for up to 7 days3-4
- Reduces nursing time, material cost and risk of infection3-4
- Improves delivery of atraumatic care
- Improves patient comfort4
StatSeal® seals the site while stopping oozing and bleeding from:
- PICC/CVC placement
- Dialysis catheters
- Peripheral arterial catheters
- ECMO cannulas
- Temporary hemodynamic support devices
- Procedures resulting in external bleeding
STANDARDS OF PRACTICE
Vascular Acccess Device (VAD) Assessment, Care and Dressing Changes: “Consider the use of a hemostatic agent . . . to reduce the need for unplanned dressing changes after peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) insertion.”
HOW DOES STATSEAL WORK?
As an adjunct to manual pressure, StatSeal’s mechanism of action is two-step and occurs simultaneously to instantly form a low pH, “nothing in/nothing out” seal or physical barrier:
- The hydrophilic polymer rapidly dehydrates the blood and absorbs exudate, stacking up blood solids beneath to form a seal.
- The potassium ferrate agglomerates the solids and proteins together, adhering the seal to the wound to stop bleeding and oozing.
Beneath the seal, the pH is neutral and the blood solids and proteins continue to stack naturally. Above the seal, the hydrophilic polymer exchanges protons for cations, resulting in desiccation properties and a pH of ~ 2, which creates a hostile barrier to microbial penetration.4-5
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