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Curos disinfecting port protectors are alcohol-containing caps that twist onto I.V. access points for disinfection and protection. Consistent use of Curos disinfecting caps on I.V. needleless connectors is associated with decreased central line associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs).

  • Disinfects in 1 minute. Protects ports for up to 7 days.

    Each Curos disinfecting port protector contains 70% isopropyl alcohol (IPA). The IPA bathes the surfaces of the port and disinfects it in 1 minute.


All patients, all access points, all the time.

  • 3M Curos disinfecting port protectors is the only brand on the market that has offerings to help reduce risks across all intraluminal access points.

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Needleless Connectors

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Needleless Connectors

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Needleless Connectors

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Male Luers

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Male Luers

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Tego® Hemodialysis Connectors

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Stopcock

3M™ Curos™ Stopper Disinfecting Cap for Open Female Luers

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Stopcock

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Catheter Hub

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3M™ Curos™ Disinfecting Port Protectors

  • achieved a 99.99% reduction in 6 microbes commonly associated with CLABSI*

  • Study Conclusion

    The effectiveness of Curos disinfecting port protectors was tested in vitro against**: Staphylococcus aureus, Staphylococcus epidermidis, Escherichia coli, Candida albicans, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Candida glabrata. All test samples exceeded the minimum 4-log reduction after one minute. (3M data on file.)

    *For more information regarding organisms associated with central line–associated bloodstream infections, refer to:
    Sievert, D. M., Ricks, P., Edwards, J. R., Schneider, A., Patel, J., Srinivasan, A., . . . Fridkin, S. (2013). Antimicrobial-Resistant Pathogens Associated with Healthcare-Associated Infections: Summary of Data Reported to the National Healthcare Safety Network at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2009–2010. Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, 34(01), 1-14. doi:10.1086/668770
    **Data reflects in vitro findings on Curos™ Disinfecting Port Protectors


Advantages Over "Scrubbing"

The traditional standard of care in port disinfection has been a thorough manual scrub of the port with an alcohol pad, often referred to as  “scrubbing the hub.“ Curos disinfecting port protectors provide several advantages over the scrub the hub protocol:

  • 3M™ Curos™ Disinfecting Port Protector (green cap) on a needleless connector

    Save time

    Curos alcohol-containing caps provide fast passive disinfection, saving nurses valuable time compared to most scrub the hub protocols. In addition, no drying time is required to achieve disinfection.

  • 3M™ Curos™ Disinfecting Port Protectors (green cap) on a needleless connector and male luer

    Provide a physical barrier

    They provide a physical barrier to contamination between accesses, for up to 7 days.

  • scrub the hub

    Remove user technique variation

    Once a Curos cap is twisted into place, it provides consistent disinfection.

  • 3M™ Curos™ Disinfecting Port Protectors,  alcohol caps for central lines

    Provide visual compliance confirmation

    Curos caps’ bright color help caregivers verify that a port is clean at a glance.

Find out how Curos disinfecting caps meet the latest industry guidelines.

Download 3M’s quick guides to 2016 Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice.

Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice - 2016

Standard 34.2 - Disinfect needleless connectors prior to each entry into the device.

Practice Criterion C - Recognize that needleless connectors are potential sites for intraluminal microbial contamination and require careful adherence to infection prevention practices. (Level IV)

Needleless Connectors “Should be consistently and thoroughly disinfected using alcohol, tincture of iodine, or chlorhexidine gluconate/alcohol combination prior to each access.”

Practice Criterion G – The use of passive disinfection caps containing disinfecting agents (e.g., isopropyl alcohol) has been shown to reduce intraluminal microbial contamination and reduce the rates of central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI). Use of disinfection caps on peripheral catheters has limited evidence but should be considered.

Practice Criterion I – Ensure that disinfecting supplies are readily available at the bedside to facilitate staff compliance with needleless connector disinfection. (Level V)

Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) 2014 Update

“Use an antiseptic-containing hub/connector cap/port protector to cover connectors.”
(quality of evidence: 1-highest level)


Clinical Evidence

  • Hospitals that have implemented the use of Curos disinfecting caps have achieved impressive results.

View studies by the following results:

  • Infection Reduction
    Impact of Universal Disinfectant Cap Implementation on Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections

    Journal: American Journal of Infection Control: Volume 40 Number 12; December 2014

    Author: Katreena Collette Merrill RN, PhD, Sharon Sumner RN, BS, Lorraine Linford RN, BS, CNSC, Carrie Taylor RN, MS, CIC, Christopher Macintosh RN, BS


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    Impact of Alcohol-Impregnated Port Protectors and Needleless Neutral Pressure Connectors on Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections and Contamination of Blood Cultures in an Inpatient Oncology Unit

    Journal: American Journal of Infection Control: Volume 40 Number 10; December 2012

    Author: Michael A. Sweet, PharmD; Aaron Cumpston, PharmD; Frank Briggs, PharmD; MPH, Michael Craig MD and Mehdi Hamadani, MD


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    Central Venous Catheter Protective Connector Caps Reduce Intraluminal Catheter-Related Infection

    Journal: The Journal of the Association for Vascular Access: Volume 17 Number 4; December 2012

    Author: Chuck Ramirez, BA, RRT, VA-BC; Antonina M. Lee, MEd, MPH, RN, CIC; Ken Welch, MDS


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    Use Of A Central Catheter Maintenance Bundle In Long-Term Acute Care Hospitals

    Journal: American Journal of Critical Care Vol. 25, No. 2 165-172, March 2016

    Author: Antony M. Grigonis, PhD, Amanda M. Dawson, PhD, Mary Burkett, DNP, CNS, Arthur Dylag, MA, MBA, Matthew Sears, BS, Betty Helber, RN, MS, ANE-BC, and Lisa K. Snyder, MD, MPH


    Request Full Study



    Port Protectors in Clinical Practice: An Audit

    Journal: British Journal of Nursing: (IV Therapy Supplement) Vol 25, No 8, 2016

    Author: Cameron-Watson, C., and Barking Havering and Redbridge NHS Trust


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    Journal: American Journal of Infection Control: Poster Abstract

    Author: Mount Sinai Hospital, New York City, NY: Ramona Karam-Howlin, Andrea Fede, Kathleen Gibbs, Nathaniel Bravo, Fran Wallach and Gopi Patel.





    Journal: American Journal of Infection Control

    Author: Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas: Gurminder Kaur





    Journal: ID Week, Poster Abstract Session

    Author: Highland Hospital and University of Rochester Medicine, Rochester, NY, Mark Shelly, Linda Greene, Lynne Brown, Sherry Romig, Ann Marie Pettis.





    Journal: Infusion Nurses Society

    Author: Ochsner Medical Center, Jean Shiber, MN, RN-BC, OCN, Gina Jolicoeur, RN, OCN, Tere Crouchet, MSN, RNBC,CCTN




    The Effect of 70% Isopropyl Alcohol Port Protection on Central Venous Catheter-Related Infection in Patients on Home Parenteral Nutrition

    Author: St. Mark’s Hospital, Harrow, UK: Mia Small, MSc, BSc (Hons), RGN, DipNutr, Rnutr




    Journal: American Journal of Infection Control

    Author: Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas: Barbara Danielson, BSN, RN, CIC, Texas Health; Sharon Williamson, MT(ASCP)SM, CIC, Texas Health Resources; Gurminder Kaur, MSN, RN, CIC and Texas Health: Noreen Johnson, BSN, RN, CIC




    Implementing Alcohol-Impregnated Port Protectors as a Means to Decrease CLABSI's

    Author: Carolinas HealthCare System: Morgan Miskill, RN, BSN, OCN and Emily Bellard, RN, MSN, OCN




    Journal: American Journal of Infection Control

    Author: Intermountain Medical Center: Sharon Sumner, RN, BSN, IP; Lorraine Linford, RN, BS, CNSC; Carrie Taylor, RN, MSN, CIC; BYU College of Nursing: Katreena Merrill, RN, PhD




    Decreasing the Incidence of Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections using Alcohol-Impregnated Port Protectors (AIPPS) in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

    Journal: American Journal of Infection Control

    Author: Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital : Barbara Danielson, BSN, RN, CIC; Sharon Williamson, MT (ASCP) SM, CIC; Gurminder Kaur, MSN, RN, CIC; Christine Brooks, MSN, RNC-NIC, NE-BC; Phyllis Scholl, BSN, RNC; Andrea Baker, BSN, RNC



    Achieving Zero Coagulase-Negative Staphylococci CLBSI in the NICU

    Author: Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children’s Hospital: Jean Kelleher, Roy Almeida, Heidi Cooper, Susan Stauffer



    Impact of Port Protectors on Incidence of Central Line Infections

    Author: Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center: Mary Jo Moore, RN MA; Kim Gripp, RN; Heidi Cooper, RN MS; Roy Almeida PhD



    Forcing the Function: Implementation and Evaluation of an IV Port Protector to Decrease CLABSI

    Author: Legacy Health, Portland, Oregon: Mary Davis, BSN, RN, CCRN



    Decreasing Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections (CLABSI) in Adult ICUs through Teamwork and Ownership

    Author: Grady Health System, Atlanta, GA: M Cole, BSN, CIC; K Kennedy, MN, RN, NEA-BC



    California Children’s Services (CCS) Neonatal Infection Prevention Project in Association with California Perinatal Quality Care Collaborative (CPQCC): 2006-2012 Update


    Impact of Alcohol-Impregnated Protectors on Incidence of Catheter-Associated Bloodstream Infections

    Journal: ID Week, Poster Abstract Session

    Author: Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine: F Alasmari, MD, MSc; ND Kittur PhD, MPH; ER Dubberke, MD, MSPH; Barnes Jewish Hospital: AJ Russo, MPH; KM McMullen, MPH, CIC; K Rensing, RN, MSN, ANP-BC, CRNI; JL Mayfield, BSN, MPH, CIC


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    Journal: IDSA, Poster Abstract Session

    Author: Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego, San Diego, CA: Alice Pong, MD; Cindy Salgado, BSN, PHN, MBA, CIC; Mark Speziale, MD, PhD; Peggy Grimm, MS, RNC-NIC; Chris Abe, BSN, CIC




    Making It Easy for Nurses to Reduce the Risk of CLABSI

    Journal: Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare (2014)

    Author: Wendy Kaler, CLS, MPH, CIC, director of infection prevention at Saint Francis Memorial Hospital in San Francisco, California


    Request Full Study



    Clinical Support for All Patients, All Lines, All the Time (AAA)

    Author: Temple University Hospital: M Doherty, RN, MBA, CIC; P Heys, BS




    Journal: Hartford Hospital White Paper (2012)

    Author: Hartford Hospital: Lee Steere, RN, CRNI, Joyce Sauve, RN, CTC




  • Improved Compliance
    Impact of Universal Disinfectant Cap Implementation on Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections

    Journal: American Journal of Infection Control: Volume 40 Number 12; December 2014

    Author: Katreena Collette Merrill RN, PhD, Sharon Sumner RN, BS, Lorraine Linford RN, BS, CNSC, Carrie Taylor RN, MS, CIC, Christopher Macintosh RN, BS


    Request Full Study



    Impact of Alcohol-Impregnated Port Protectors and Needleless Neutral Pressure Connectors on Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections and Contamination of Blood Cultures in an Inpatient Oncology Unit

    Journal: American Journal of Infection Control: Volume 40 Number 10; December 2012

    Author: Michael A. Sweet, PharmD; Aaron Cumpston, PharmD; Frank Briggs, PharmD; MPH, Michael Craig MD and Mehdi Hamadani, MD


    Request Full Study



    Central Venous Catheter Protective Connector Caps Reduce Intraluminal Catheter-Related Infection

    Journal: The Journal of the Association for Vascular Access: Volume 17 Number 4; December 2012

    Author: Chuck Ramirez, BA, RRT, VA-BC; Antonina M. Lee, MEd, MPH, RN, CIC; Ken Welch, MDS


    Request Full Study



    Port Protectors in Clinical Practice: An Audit

    Journal: British Journal of Nursing: (IV Therapy Supplement) Vol 25, No 8, 2016

    Author: Cameron-Watson, C., and Barking Havering and Redbridge NHS Trust


    Request Full Study




    Journal: Infusion Nurses Society

    Author: Ochsner Medical Center, Jean Shiber, MN, RN-BC, OCN, Gina Jolicoeur, RN, OCN, Tere Crouchet, MSN, RNBC,CCTN





    Journal: American Journal of Infection Control

    Author: Intermountain Medical Center: Sharon Sumner, RN, BSN, IP; Lorraine Linford, RN, BS, CNSC; Carrie Taylor, RN, MSN, CIC; BYU College of Nursing: Katreena Merrill, RN, PhD




    Impact of Port Protectors on Incidence of Central Line Infections

    Author: Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center: Mary Jo Moore, RN MA; Kim Gripp, RN; Heidi Cooper, RN MS; Roy Almeida PhD



    Forcing the Function: Implementation and Evaluation of an IV Port Protector to Decrease CLABSI

    Author: Legacy Health, Portland, Oregon: Mary Davis, BSN, RN, CCRN



    Making It Easy for Nurses to Reduce the Risk of CLABSI

    Journal: Patient Safety & Quality Healthcare (2014)

    Author: Wendy Kaler, CLS, MPH, CIC, director of infection prevention at Saint Francis Memorial Hospital in San Francisco, California


    Request Full Study



    Clinical Support for All Patients, All Lines, All the Time (AAA)

    Author: Temple University Hospital: M Doherty, RN, MBA, CIC; P Heys, BS




    Journal: Hartford Hospital White Paper (2012)

    Author: Hartford Hospital: Lee Steere, RN, CRNI, Joyce Sauve, RN, CTC




  • Financial Savings
    Impact of Universal Disinfectant Cap Implementation on Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections

    Journal: American Journal of Infection Control: Volume 40 Number 12; December 2014

    Author: Katreena Collette Merrill RN, PhD, Sharon Sumner RN, BS, Lorraine Linford RN, BS, CNSC, Carrie Taylor RN, MS, CIC, Christopher Macintosh RN, BS


    Request Full Study



    Use Of A Central Catheter Maintenance Bundle In Long-Term Acute Care Hospitals

    Journal: American Journal of Critical Care Vol. 25, No. 2 165-172, March 2016

    Author: Antony M. Grigonis, PhD, Amanda M. Dawson, PhD, Mary Burkett, DNP, CNS, Arthur Dylag, MA, MBA, Matthew Sears, BS, Betty Helber, RN, MS, ANE-BC, and Lisa K. Snyder, MD, MPH


    Request Full Study



    Port Protectors in Clinical Practice: An Audit

    Journal: British Journal of Nursing: (IV Therapy Supplement) Vol 25, No 8, 2016

    Author: Cameron-Watson, C., and Barking Havering and Redbridge NHS Trust


    Request Full Study




    Journal: ID Week, Poster Abstract Session

    Author: Highland Hospital and University of Rochester Medicine, Rochester, NY, Mark Shelly, Linda Greene, Lynne Brown, Sherry Romig, Ann Marie Pettis.





    Journal: American Journal of Infection Control

    Author: Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas: Barbara Danielson, BSN, RN, CIC, Texas Health; Sharon Williamson, MT(ASCP)SM, CIC, Texas Health Resources; Gurminder Kaur, MSN, RN, CIC and Texas Health: Noreen Johnson, BSN, RN, CIC





    Journal: American Journal of Infection Control

    Author: Intermountain Medical Center: Sharon Sumner, RN, BSN, IP; Lorraine Linford, RN, BS, CNSC; Carrie Taylor, RN, MSN, CIC; BYU College of Nursing: Katreena Merrill, RN, PhD




    Achieving Zero Coagulase-Negative Staphylococci CLBSI in the NICU

    Author: Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children’s Hospital: Jean Kelleher, Roy Almeida, Heidi Cooper, Susan Stauffer



    Forcing the Function: Implementation and Evaluation of an IV Port Protector to Decrease CLABSI

    Author: Legacy Health, Portland, Oregon: Mary Davis, BSN, RN, CCRN



    Clinical Support for All Patients, All Lines, All the Time (AAA)

    Author: Temple University Hospital: M Doherty, RN, MBA, CIC; P Heys, BS




    Journal: Hartford Hospital White Paper (2012)

    Author: Hartford Hospital: Lee Steere, RN, CRNI, Joyce Sauve, RN, CTC


  • Time Savings
    Port Protectors in Clinical Practice: An Audit

    Journal: British Journal of Nursing: (IV Therapy Supplement) Vol 25, No 8, 2016

    Author: Cameron-Watson, C., and Barking Havering and Redbridge NHS Trust


    Request Full Study

  • 1. Merrill, et. Al, Impact of Universal Disinfectant Cap Implementation on Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections. American Journal of Infection Control. December 2014: Volume 40 (12)
    2. Cameron-Watson. Port Protectors in Clinical Practice: An Audit. British Journal of Nursing: (IV Therapy Supplement). 2016: Vol 25 (8)
    3. Forcing the Function: Implementation and Evaluation of an IV Port Protector to Decrease CLABSI. Legacy Health, Portland, Oregon: Mary Davis, BSN, RN, CCRN


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