Peripheral IV Catheter Stabilization
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the StatLock® IV stabilization device appropriate for all patients with PIV's?
Nearly. The StatLock® stabilization device is contraindicated in patients with known allergies to adhesives or tapes. While the StatLock® stabilization device is probably appropriate for more than 99% of your patients; some people have skin that simply will not accept an adhesive-based product – their skin is too flaky, too greasy, or too diaphoretic. Use clinical judgment. Just know that where you can use StatLock® stabilization device, your clinical and cost outcomes will be dramatically improved.
Do I have to use a special skin prep for StatLock® stabilization device IV products?
You do need to extend your insertion site alcohol prep or chlorhexidine prep widely to both sides to cover the securement site. This is a necessary step to cleanse the skin before the StatLock® stabilization device application. Bard Medical recommends the use of the skin prep pad included with the StatLock® stabilization device. The skin prep provides an acrylic layer that protects the skin and enhances adherence of the anchor pad. Performing both of these steps will maximize product performance. When you use the skin prep you'll need to allow it to dry for 10 to 15 seconds and make certain it is dry, meaning smooth to the touch – not tacky. Use your clinical judgment based on assessment of the patient's skin. Just remember, when skin prep is not used the StatLock® stabilization devices may prematurely lift.
Any special tips or instructions for actually snap fitting the StatLock® IV Ultra Stabilization device onto the catheter?
- Always orient the push-tab straight up.
- Always connect the StatLock® stabilization retainer device to the PIV - - -- BEFORE placing the StatLock® stabilization device onto skin.
The blue StatLock® stabilization device retainer clip is like an upside-down "V". Therefore, do not inadvertently squeeze it closed by compressing both sides. Instead, just hold one side and snap it over the hub of the catheter.
What do I use the sterile StatLock® stabilization device adhesive foam strips for?
You can use them to:
- Stabilize the catheter while prepping and securing with the StatLock® stabilization device by applying the foam strips over the catheter hub
- Fashion a J-loop with the IV tubing
- Form a cushion under your luer lock spin nut
- For extension sets without luer locks, wrap them around the catheter and the extension set connection for added security
- Reinforce the StatLock® stabilization devices. They are sterile, tape is not.
What if I need to change the IV tubing, do I have to remove the StatLock® stabilization device first?
If you had a tape-secured PIV, then you would have to remove the tape to change the tubing.
With the StatLock® IV Ultra stabilization device you can keep the stabilization device in place while you change tubing. Simply steady the retainer with the thumb and index finger of one hand while unscrewing the extension set. Remove the set. Then, while continuing to brace the retainer, press-fit and screw in your replacement extension set. For StatLock® IV Select stabilization device, you will need to replace the StatLock® stabilization devices when you remove and replace the tubing – just as you would with tape securement; but this is a rare event offset by StatLock® stabilization device advantages.