Catheter Compatibility

Certain chronic hemodialysis catheters are compatible with certain antiseptic ointments.

CDC Recommendations:

  • Use of alcohol-based chlorhexidine (>0.5%) solution as the first line skin antiseptic for catheter exit site care.
    Alternatives for patients with chlorhexidine intolerance: Povidone-iodine (preferably with alcohol) or 70% alcohol
  • Apply povidone-iodine ointment or bacitracin/gramicidin/polymyxin B ointment during catheter dressing change.
    Alternative: Triple antibiotic ointment (bacitracin/neomycin/polymyxin B)

Recommended Antiseptics & Antimicrobials by Catheter Type

These tables list recommended products to reduce chronic hemodialysis catheter infection.
The catheter models included in this chart were limited to those identified using the Food and Drug Administration Medical Devices Establishment Registration Databaseexternal icon  and manufacturer websites.

NOTE TO MANUFACTURERS:

If new information is available, please contact the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

AngioDynamics

AngioDynamics
Hemodialysis Catheter Modelsa Information Available: Location Information:
Polyurethane SchonTM Chronic pdf icon[PDF – 444 KB]external icon Skin Antiseptics: Alcohol, Iodine-based Solutions

Antimicrobial Ointments: Contact Manufacturer

Instructions For Use (IFU) document, subject heading Site Care
Durathane® DuraFlowTMexternal icon, EVENMORE®external icon Skin Antiseptics: Alcohol, Iodine-based Solutions

Antimicrobial Ointments: Bacitracin/ Gramicidin/Polymyxin B, Povidone-Iodine Ointment, Bacitracin/Neomycin/Polymyxin B, Bacitracin/Polymyxin B, Bacitracin, Mupirocin

Catheter description and IFU attachment, subject heading Site Care
Durathane® DuraMax®external icon, DuraFlowTM 2external icon Skin Antiseptics and Ointments: Contact Manufacturer

Argon Medical Devices

Argon Medical Devices
Hemodialysis Catheter Modelsa Information Available: Location Information:
Polyurethane UltraStream Chronic pdf icon[PDF – 599 KB]external icon Skin Antiseptics: Alcohol-based Iodine Solutions, Chlorhexidine, Povidone-Iodine, Sodium Hypochlorite

Antimicrobial Ointments: Contact Manufacturer

IFU document, subject heading Site Care

Argon Medical Devices

Argon Medical Devices
Hemodialysis Catheter Modelsa Information Available: Location Information:
Polyurethane NextStepTM Antegrade pdf icon[PDF – 222 KB]external icon,
NextStepTM Retrograde pdf icon[PDF – 222 KB]external icon,
Arrow EdgeTM pdf icon[PDF – 222 KB]external icon,
CannonTM II Plus pdf icon[PDF – 222 KB]external icon
Skin Antiseptics: Chlorhexidine with Alcohol, Povidone-Iodine with Alcohol, Alcohol, Povidone-Iodine, Sodium Hypochlorite

Antimicrobial Ointments: Povidone-Iodine Ointment, Mupirocin

Compatibility Chart

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Bard Access Systems

Bard Access Systems
Hemodialysis Catheter Modelsa Information Available: Location Information:
Silicone HickmanTM pdf icon[PDF – 470 KB]external icon Skin Antiseptics: Povidone-Iodine with Alcohol, Alcohol, Povidone-Iodine

Antimicrobial Ointments: Contact Manufacturer

IFU document, subject heading Precautions, page 7
Silicone RetrOTM pdf icon[PDF – 2.6 MB]external icon Skin Antiseptics: Iodine Solutions

Antimicrobial Ointments: Contact Manufacturer

IFU document, subject heading Warnings, page 3
Polyurethane EQUISTREAMTM pdf icon[PDF – 483 KB]external icon,
EQUISTREAMTM XK pdf icon[PDF – 483 KB]external icon,
DuetTM pdf icon[PDF – 1.29 MB]external icon,
HemoSplitTM pdf icon[PDF – 355 KB]external icon,
HemoSplitTM XK pdf icon[PDF – 355 KB]external icon,
HemoStarTM pdf icon[PDF – 387 KB]external icon,
HemoStarTM XK pdf icon[PDF – 387 KB]external icon
Skin Antiseptics: Chlorhexidine with Alcohol, Alcohol, Chlorhexidine, Povidone-Iodine, Sodium Hypochlorite

Antimicrobial Ointments: Povidone-Iodine Ointment, Bacitracin/Polymyxin B, Bacitracin, Mupirocin

IFU document, subject heading Care and Maintenance
Polyurethane Soft-CellTM pdf icon[PDF – 65 KB]external icon Skin Antiseptics: Alcohol, Chlorhexidine

Antimicrobial Ointments: Povidone-Iodine Ointment, Mupirocin

IFU document, subject heading Warnings

ACook  Medical

ACook  Medical/caption>
Hemodialysis Catheter Modelsa Information Available: Location Information:
Polyurethane C-DDSexternal icon Skin Antiseptics and Ointments: Contact Manufacturer
Silicone C-DDSCYexternal icon Skin Antiseptics and Ointments: Contact Manufacturer

Covidien

Covidien<
Hemodialysis Catheter Modelsa Information Available: Location Information:
Silicone MAHURKARTM Chronic Silicone pdf icon[PDF – 52 KB] external icon,
PermCath Chronic Silicone Oval pdf icon[PDF – 52 KB]external icon
Skin Antiseptics: Chlorhexidine with Alcohol, Alcohol, Chlorhexidine, Povidone-Iodine, Sodium Hypochlorite

Antimicrobial Ointments: Bacitracin/Neomycin/Polymyxin B, Bacitracin

Compatibility Chart
Carbothane® PalindromeTM Symmetric Tip pdf icon[PDF – 52 KB]external icon,
PalindromeTM H pdf icon[PDF – 52 KB]external icon,
PalindromeTM SI pdf icon[PDF – 52 KB]external icon,
PalindromeTM HSI pdf icon[PDF – 52 KB]external icon,
PalindromeTM RT pdf icon[PDF – 52 KB]external icon,
Tandem-CathTMpdf icon[PDF – 52 KB]external icon,
MAHURKARTM Chronic Carbothane pdf icon[PDF – 52 KB]external icon
Skin Antiseptics: Chlorhexidine with Alcohol, Alcohol, Chlorhexidine, Povidone-Iodine, Sodium Hypochlorite

Antimicrobial Ointments: Bacitracin/Neomycin/Polymyxin B, Bacitracin

Compatibility Chart

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Argon Medical Devices

Argon Medical Devices
Hemodialysis Catheter Modelsa Information Available: Location Information:
Medcomp
Silicone Hemo-Cath® LTexternal icon Skin Antiseptics: Alcohol, Chlorhexidine, Povidone-Iodine, Sodium Hypochlorite

Antimicrobial Ointments: Mupirocin

Compatibility Chart, click Download Chart in left column
Polyurethane Split Cath®external icon , Split Stream® external icon, EschelonTMexternal icon, Bio-Flex® Tesio® external icon, Titan HDTMexternal icon, Hemo-Flow®external icon Skin Antiseptics: Alcohol, Chlorhexidine, Povidone-Iodine, Sodium Hypochlorite

Antimicrobial Ointments: Mupirocin

Compatibility Chart, click Download Chart in left column

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Merit Medical

Merit Medical
Hemodialysis Catheter Modelsa Information Available: Location Information:
Polyurethane ProGuideTMexternal icon Skin Antiseptics: Alcohol

Antimicrobial Ointments: Bacitracin/ Gramicidin/Polymyxin B, Povidone-Iodine Ointment, Bacitracin/Neomycin/Polymyxin B, Bacitracin/Polymyxin B, Bacitracin, Mupirocin

Instructions for Use Tab, IFU document, subject heading Securement and Dressing, page 6
Polyurethane Centros® | CentrosFLOTMexternal icon Skin Antiseptics: Chlorhexidine with Alcohol, Alcohol, Povidone-Iodine, Sodium Hypochlorite

Antimicrobial Ointments: Povidone-Iodine Ointment, Mupirocin

Instructions for Use Tab, IFU document, subject heading Catheter Precautions, page 3

Navilyst

Navilyst
Hemodialysis Catheter Modelsa Information Available: Location Information:
 Navilyst
Polyurethane Vaxcel® Plus pdf icon[PDF – 425 KB]external icon Skin Antiseptics: Alcohol, Povidone-Iodine

Antimicrobial Ointments: Contact Manufacturer

Patient Guide, subject heading How Do I Care for My Vaxcel Plus Catheter, page 4

r4 Vascular

r4 Vascular
Hemodialysis Catheter Modelsa Information Available: Location Information:
Polyurethane DuraspanTMpdf icon[PDF – 1.5 MB]external icon Skin Antiseptics: Chlorhexidine with Alcohol, Alcohol, Povidone-Iodine, Sodium Hypochlorite

Antimicrobial Ointments: Povidone-Iodine Ointment, Bacitracin, Mupirocin

IFU document, subject headings Warnings and Catheter Care

a Chronic hemodialysis catheters limited to those found on the Food and Drug Administration Medical Devices Establishment Registration Database and manufacturer websites.

The names of any commercial products that appear in this chart are for information purposes only, and the use of these names does not represent an endorsement of those products by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or any other U.S. government agency.

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