At the recent Infusion Nursing Society Conference in Louisville, KY a survey on catheter securement was conducted.  A total of 188 nurses participated in the survey.  The survey revealed some very interesting facts related to securement of PICC and Central Catheters.  Sutureless securement is on the rise as less than 1% of the respondents stated they use sutures to secure their catheters.  When asked which type of catheter securement device do they commonly use 84% of the respondents stated Statlock® was their primary securement method followed by 4% 3M®, 3% GripLock®, 3% Tape and Tegaderm®, 2 % SorbaView®, 1% Winguard®, 1% Sutures, 1% SecureACath® and 1% Veniguard®. When asked to identify the most important features a catheter securement device could offer the majority of the respondents agreed its ability to secure the catheter and prevent movement, migration and pistoning are the most important features, closely followed by simple to use and easy to remove. Each survey respondent was asked to identify what they liked most and least about their current catheter securement device.  Interestingly, the majority of respondents defined what they liked most about their current device is their familiarity with it, followed by it secures well and is easy to use.  When the same respondents were asked what they liked least about their current securement device; the majority complained about how difficult the device is to remove from the patients skin, followed by how difficult it is to use, stressing the posts are hard to line up and the device is difficult to unsnap to remove the catheter.  The last question of the survey asked respondents if they would be interested in reviewing a new patented catheter securement device, greater than 73% of the respondents answered yes.

There are many different devices to secure and stabilize PICC and Central Catheters, the market leading device has been available for years and is a trusted standard as it features an “active” locking mechanism to actively lock and secure the catheter in place. Most of the other devices do not offer this feature because the securement method featured in these devices is passive tape based securement. Other than the market leading device, there is only 1 other catheter securement device available that offers non-invasive “active” securement of the catheter to prevent dislodgement, micro-pistoning and migration.  Starboard Medical’s Clik-IT Catheter Securement Device secures the catheter extremely well.  Simulated use functional testing shows Clik-It may help prevent catheter micro-pistoning, migration and dislodgement as its ability to stabilize the catheter during worst case scenario pull and pistoning tests show better performance than the market leading device.  Clik-It catheter securement is also very intuitive, it’s easy to apply and remove.

Statlock is a trademark of C.R. Bard.  3M and Tegaderm are trademarks of 3M. GripLock is a trademark of TIDI Products. Sorbaview and Winguard are trademarks of  Centurion.  SecureAcath is a trademark of  Interrad. Veniguard is a trademark of ConMed.