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Catheter insertions are required in a myriad of medical treatments, including but not limited to intravenous feeding, hemodialysis, and chemotherapy. The nature of this form of treatment, ie. a percutaneous procedure, exposes the patient’s microbiome to external sources of pathogens. An aggregation of this can manifest in the form of an infection at the catheter insertion site. This can complicate and delay treatment, and is harmful, and potentially fatal for the patient if not addressed in a timely manner, not to mention it also being an added monetary cost for everyone involved. Existing forms of preventative solutions are insufficient in keeping the catheter wound clean, hence the need for a more powerful product that can clean and maintain a sterile microenvironment around the wound site. We sought, in this study, to develop an adhesive bandage with antiseptic properties, conveyed by Chlorohexidine gluconate (CHG), that structurally supports and fits around catheters to not only sterilize the wound site, but also absorb any wound drainage for more effective treatment.
Yun, Justin, "Catheter Wound Maintenance using CHG-doped Electrospun Meshes" (2023). Senior Theses. 1659.
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