First, my apologies for the lack of posts here lately. I’m still around, just got busy with, you know, life and grown up stuff!! Anyway, thank you for your continued support and patience. Hope everyone is doing well.
So what’s new? IV Glue…yes, glue but not the one you get at the office supply store. This one is the only cyanoacrylate adhesive that is FDA-cleared for securement of vascular access devices such as, peripheral IV, CVADs, and arterial lines. The product is called SecurePortIV™ , a tissue adhesive that reduces catheter movement, migration and dislodgement. Yes, I’m serious, an IV glue that is simple to use, and when used with transparent film dressings is 3x stronger than securement with transparent film dressing alone. Data on file from the company shows superior adhesiveness of this product compared with mechanical devices (1).
The product is individually packaged, single use only, sterile and only requires a couple of drops applied at the insertion site to create a seal around the catheter insertion site. This can help reduce early dressing changes and eliminate 24-48 hour initial dressing changes (2,3). The unique feature of the product provide defense against catheter related bloodstream infections by immobilizing skin flora that cant be removed by standard skin prep (2). The cyanoacrylate formulation used in SecurePortIV has demonstrated antimicrobial activity against gram-negative and gram-positive bacteria, yeast and fungi commonly associated with catheter related bloodstream infection in in-vitro studies (4) and has shown it can mitigate the spread of microorganisms by immobilizing skin flora in clinical studies(5)
Remember those times we wished we had a glue to use on VADs? Now we can really stick and glue!
- Data on file, April 2017 Adhesion Biomedical.
- Kleidon et al. A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial of Novel Dressing and Securement Techniques in 101 Pediatric Patients. J Vasc Interv Radiol, Sep 2017
- Ullman et al. Innovative dressing and securement of tunneled central venous access devices in pediatrics: a pilot randomized controlled trial. BMC Cancer, Aug 2017
- Prince et al. Immobilization and Death of Bacteria by Flora Seal® Microbial Sealant. International Journal of Pharmaceutical Science Invention, Jun 2017
- Pabon et al. Novel Bacterial Immobilization Compound Effectively Decreases Bacterial Counts in Healthy Volunteers. The American Surgeon, Jan 2010
Disclosure: I am a speaker/consultant for Adhezion Biomedical LLC, the maker of the product.