Review of CATH DRESSING by Jeonggan's Nursing Tips (정간의 간호요령)

Review by Nurse Jeonggan - Jeonggan's Nursing Tips (정간의 간호요령)

"Medical development doesn't only affect the world. It can have a large impact on the clinical environment for nurses and patiences. Bandages are typically made of using cotton and isn't complicated to use. When treating drainage tubes for post-procedures or surgeries, hygienic management is necessary for the safety of the patient. 

But is there a product that can replace the traditional Y-gauze? Let me introduce you to CATH DRESSING.

 

WHAT IS CATH DRESSING?

 

CATH DRESSING

 

The dressing is called "Poly O". Like the letter O in the product name, the dressings are in the shape of a circle. It has side slits and cuts, so it can wrap around the drain tube in an upright state without having to lay it down. Because it is made of polyurethane foam, I believe it will facilitate hygiene management and recovery by absorbing the ooze from the wound. 

HOW TO USE CATH DRESSING?

I had the chance to use CATH DRESSING, and it's really easy and simple to use. 

  1. Remove the release paper on top
  2. Place the dressing around the catheter
  3. Remove the remaining release paper
  4. Press the dressing gently against the skin to make it stay firm around the catheter

WHY SHOULD YOU USE CATH DRESSING?

1) CATH DRESSING IS EASY TO USE

Using an Y-gauze dressing requires more steps than you think. With a Y-gauze, you need to place it around the catheter, put gauze on the outside, and attach each side with tape to fix it in place. However, CATH DRESSING is much more simpler. You just need to open the package, place it around the catheter, and gently press it against the skin. Easy, simple, and safe. 

Comparison of Y gauze and CATH DRESSING

Y-gauze Dressing

CATH DRESSING

2) IT IS EASY FOR DRAIN MANAGEMENT

If you use a Y-gauze dressing, it covers the drainage tube insertion site. During this process, the drain tube may be bent, and there is a possibility that the tape on the sides will not stick properly. Since the tube insertion site is covered, we are unsure of the drainage, if there is ooze coming out of the tube, or if it's bent. If you are not trained in surgical aseptic techniques, contamination of the drainage tube insertion site may occur.

CATH DRESSING keeps the drain tube at almost the same angle, so there is little chance of the drain tube being bent. Since it is easy to use, if you do not touch or remove the drainage tube by hand, there is less chance of contamination. 

Y-GAUZE DRESSING VS. CATH DRESSING

Y-gauze Dressing

CATH DRESSING

 

3) IT IS A HYGIENIC WAY TO MANAGE THE INSERTION SITE

Since the drain tube is recognized as a foreign item to the human body, there is often oozing at the insertion site. The Y-gauze is used to absorb the ooze and protect the insertion site by closing it and it does not come into contact with dust or other foreign substances. 

With traditional Y-gauze, it can absorb at most, about 3-5 cc. When using Y-gauze dressing, you have to apply a lot of layers of gauze. Once the gauze underneath absorbs the ooze, and as the ooze dries, it often sticks to the insertion site. There is a risk of secondary infection or injury during removal.

Since CATH DRESSING is made of hydrophilic polyurethane foam, it can absorb up to 20 cc of ooze. 

In terms of price alone, CATH DRESSING seems to be a bit more expensive. However, the advantages exceed the price. This is why many hospitals in South Korea are using it.

 4) IN THE FUTURE, I WISH THERE WERE MORE PRODUCTS LIKE CATH DRESSING

Having proper surgical aseptic techniques is very important in invasive procedures. If done incorrectly, the wound can swell and rot. In severe cases, it can even lead to death. It is actually very difficult for an untrained, non-medical individually to hygienically manage a tube in a daily environment. A lot of attention must be paid. 

However, if you use CATH DRESSING, even a non-medical personnel can manage the drainage tube relatively easily and safely. "

Review of CATH DRESSING

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