PD Catheters: To Dress or Not to Dress?

Which is better for preventing exit site infections, a PD catheter dressing, or leaving a healed catheter open to the air? A prospective, randomized, controlled trial in Malaysia followed 108 patients for 2 years. All were instructed to wash the exit site daily with antibacterial soap. The dressing group (n=54) used povidone iodine, mupirocin ointment, sterile gauze, and tape. The non-dressing group did not. Of the 97 patients who completed the study, the results from both groups were similar.

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