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ETHICON Introduces New Product Enhancement and Packaging for BIOPATCH(R) to Improve Ease of Application for Patients with Catheters
Date:8/11/2009

technology is used properly, which helps protect patients in the fight against infection."

In the U.S., approximately 80,000 central venous CRBSIs are estimated to occur each year in ICU patients. CRBSIs are associated with extended hospital stays, requiring an estimated 9-12 additional days in hospital. According to the CDC, the cost of treating a CRBSI can range from $34,508 - $56,000. The average cost of the BIOPATCH((R)) product is approximately $6.

The safety and effectiveness of BIOPATCH((R)) have not been established for children less than 16 years of age. The protective disk is not to be used on premature infants or on patients with a known sensitivity to CHG.

BIOPATCH((R)) is marketed by ETHICON, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson company. ETHICON continues Johnson & Johnson's 100-year commitment to wound care today with innovative products for general surgery, wound management, women's health and urology, aesthetic medicine and wound closure. For more information about ETHICON visit www.ethicon.com.

(1) Timsit, J-F, et al. "Chlorhexidine-Impregnated Sponges and Less-Frequent Dressing Changes for Prevention of Catheter-Related Infections in Critically Ill Adults." JAMA, 2009;301(12):1231-1241.


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