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Biopatch Antimicrobial Dressing Proven to Reduce Catheter Related Bloodstream Infection by 60%

FDA Recognizes Label Change Based On New Data

Johnson & Johnson Wound Management, a division of Ethicon, announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared new labeling for Biopatch Antimicrobial Dressing that recognizes its efficacy in reducing blood stream infections due to central venous or arterial catheter infection. A controlled, randomized study of 687 patients showed that Biopatch Antimicrobial Dressing reduced the incidence of catheter-related blood stream infections (CR-BSI) by 60% (P = .026) and reduced the incidence of local infection by 44% (P = .0001).


With the new labeling, Biopatch Antimicrobial Dressing is indicated for absorbing exudate and reducing local infections, CR-BSI and skin colonization of microorganisms commonly related to CR-BSI, in patients with central venous or arterial catheters.


The dressing is treated with chlorhexidine gluconate, a broad-spectrum antimicrobial and anti-fungal agent, that is released for up to 7 days. When applied to a central venous catheter (CVC) site, the dressing helps reduce catheter tip colonization and bloodstream infection. In addition, the dressing can absorb up to eight times its own weight in fluid and provides a 1-inch zone of inhibition from the insertion site.



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For more information, contact Amy Firsching at (908) 218-2783 or e-mail [email protected].


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Skyscape and F. A. Davis Partnership Brings Medical and Nursing References to the Handheld Market

Medical publishers F.A. Davis recently announced a partnership with Skyscape, a leader in software solutions for the medical community. Together, the companies plan to offer leading medical and nursing reference works onto the Palm OS and Windows CE/PocketPC Platforms. Healthcare professionals and students will be able to draw on the immense resources of Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary and Davis' Drug Guide for Nurses through their personal digital assistants (PDAs). Taber's for the handheld is one of the most comprehensive information resources for nursing and allied health professionals, and contains over 50,000 accurate and up-to-date terms.


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