Safe anchoring of catheters
Epi-Guard is an anchoring device for epidural catheters. The device consists of a skin-side surface with a super skin friendly adhesive combined with a specially designed foam block that safely anchors epidural catheters. The hydrocolloid carrier will absorb body fluids or anaesthetic agent that backflow from the needle punctures with local anaesthesia given prior to insertion of the epidural catheter. The soft foam support block prevents kinking of the catheter, even if the patient should lie on it.
For the sake of the patient
Epidural catheters are typically secured inadequately by PU-film or other adhesive dressing and accidental displacement of the catheter is frequently seen. Not only will this cause the patient to experience a period without sufficent anaesthesia, but a very uncomfortable insertion of a new catheter is also required. When Epi-Guard is being used, accidental displacement of the epidural catheter will be very rare. Because the hydrocolloid carrier has been carefully tested for skin irritation, the risk of skin reactions is minimal. Finally, because it is easy to dress over the Epi-Guard and because the patient trusts the anchoring device, he/she will feel a greater freedom to move around without worrying about the catheter.
Easy to use
The Epi-Guard is easy and fast to apply to the patient's skin and results in a standardized and safe anchoring of the epidural catheter, independently of which hospital staff member is responsible for securing the catheter.