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3M™ Curos™ Disinfecting Port Protectors

  • Protect ports and ensure peace of mind.

    Use Curos disinfecting port protectors to help in the fight against infection-causing microbes.

    The last thing a patient should have to worry about when being admitted to the hospital is acquiring a central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI).

    CLABSI is common, but it doesn’t have to be. Consistent use of Curos disinfecting caps on I.V. needleless connectors is associated with decreased CLABSI. Simply twist Curos disinfecting port protectors onto needleless connectors and male-luer devices to disinfect and protect from contamination.

    Each Curos disinfecting product contains 70% isopropyl alcohol (IPA). The IPA bathes the surface of the luer-activated device and disinfects it in just 1 minute!

    But do they really work?
    Yes! The effectiveness of Curos products was tested in vitro against Staphylococcus aureus, Staphylococcus epidermidis, Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Candida glabrata, and Candida albicans and was found to have >4 log reduction.

    Down with bugs, up with Curos products!

     

  • Curos Disinfecting Port Protector Benefits

     

    Less scrubbing, more caring
    Requires less time for the nurse than most scrub-the-hub protocols.

    Consistently disinfect for up to 7 days
    Passive disinfection removes human technique variability, providing consistent disinfection every time. Curos disinfecting caps can be left in place to keep needleless connectors clean and protected for up to 7 days. 3M™ Curos Tips™ Disinfecting Cap Strip for Male Luers can also be left in place to keep male luers clean and protected for up to 7 days.

    Protection that stays put
    Curos disinfecting port protectors twist on easily and stay securely in place on commonly used needleless connectors — meeting 2016 Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice guidelines for add-on devices.

    Colored bright to disinfect right
    Our brightly colored caps verify that a port is clean at a glance. Thus, disinfection compliance disinfection compliance can be easily and reliably measured.

    Where you need them, when you need them
    Strips of Curos products can be hung from I.V. poles for easy access, greater compliance and reduced waste.

     
     

     

  • Don’t just take our word for it

     

    Numerous hospitals have documented the use of the Curos™ disinfecting cap’s effectiveness, citing reductions in catheter-rline associated bloodstream infections, contaminated blood cultures, and the associated costs of care.

    Download the Clinical Evidence Summary.

    AJIC November 2014: Impact Of Universal Disinfectant Cap Implementation On Central-Line Associated Bloodstream Infections 
    Merrill KC, Sumner S, Linford L, Taylor C, and Macintosh C.

     

    • The rate of CLABSI infections decreased by >40% following implementation of the Curos disinfecting cap.
    • Weekly audits of compliance demonstrated that a 10% increase in nurse compliance resulted in a statistically significant 7% drop in infection rate.
    • Curos product use was associated with an estimated savings of almost $300,000 per year in the hospital studied.

    Click here to request a copy of this study.


    JAVA December 2012: Central Venous Catheter Protective Connector Caps Reduce Intraluminal Catheter-Related Infection 
    Ramirez C, Lee AM, Welch K.

    • During 2010, the CLABSI rate reduced from 1.9 in 2010 to 0.5 during the one-year trial period.
    • The implementation of Curos cap strips during month five of the trial increased compliance rates from 63% to 80%.

    Click here to request a copy of this study.


    AJIC December 2012: 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 
    Sweet, MA; Cumpston A; Briggs, F, Craig M and Hamadani M.

    • A total of 6,851 central line-days and 16 CLABSIs (2.3 infections/1,000 central line days) were documented during the control period, compared with 3,005 central line days and one CLABSI (a rate of 0.3 infections/1,000 central line days) during the intervention period (relative risk, 0.14; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.02-1.07; P = .03).
    • The rate of contaminated blood cultures from central lines was 2.5% (17 of 692) during the control period, but only 0.2% (1 of 470) during the intervention period (relative risk, 0.09; 95% CI, 0.01-0.65; P = .002).
    • The rate of adherence to the intervention was 85.2% (228 of 269 patients with catheter protectors).
    • This 32-bed study showed $500,000 in annualized savings.

    Click here to request a copy of this study.

     
     


3M™ Curos™ Family of Products

  • 3M™ Curos Jet™ Disinfecting Caps for Needleless Connectors

    • Unique Rapid-Disinfection Technology. Disinfects in only one minute — keeps ports clean for seven days.
    • Twist On, Stay On. Twists on easily and stays securely in place on commonly used needleless connectors, including the uniquely threaded SmartSite® connectors.
    • Colored for Compliance. Distinctive green color allows clinicians to verify that a port is covered at a glance so that compliance can be easily and reliably measured. The bright green cap clearly distinguishes intravenous lines from other tubing.
    • Easy to Handle. A high profile makes the cap easy to handle when wearing gloves.
    • Flexible, Convenient Dispensing. Available as individual caps or on a convenient five-cap strip which can be hung from I.V. poles for easy access.
  • 3M™ Curos™ Disinfecting Caps for Needleless Connectors

    • Effective Disinfection. Disinfects in only one minute — keeps ports clean for seven days.
    • Twist On, Stay On. Twist on easily and stay securely in place; fits commonly used needleless connectors, meeting 2016 INS guidelines for add-on devices.
    • Colored for Compliance. Distinctive green color allows clinicians to verify that a port is covered at a glance. Port protection compliance can be easily and reliably measured. The bright green cap clearly distinguishes intravenous lines from other tubing.
    • Flexible, Convenient Dispensing. Available as individual caps or on a convenient ten-cap strip which can be hung from I.V. poles for easy access.The strip has a hangar at each end so that the strip length can be customized.
  • 3M™ Curos Tips™ Disinfecting Cap Strip for Male Luers


    • One-handed Grab. The foil strip allows busy nurses to use just one hand to grab a new cap.
    • Effective Disinfection. Disinfects in one minute — keeps male luers clean and covered until next use.
    • Twist On, Stay On. Twist on easily and stay securely in place, meets INS guidelines for add-on devices.
    • Colored for Compliance. Distinctive green color allows clinicians to verify that a device is covered at a glance.
    • Flexible, Convenient Dispensing. Five-cap dispensing strips can be hung from I.V. poles for easy access. 
  • 3M™ Curos™ Disinfecting Cap for Tego® Hemodialysis Connectors


    • Effective Disinfection. Contains a 70% isopropyl alcohol-saturated, sponge-like foam that disinfects ports in one minute — keeps ports clean for seven days.
    • Twist On, Stay On. Meets INS guidelines for add-on devices.
    • Approved. Tested compatible with Tego® hemodialysis connectors.*
    • Distinctive Color. White Curos™ caps are easily distinguished for dedicated use on the Tego® hemodialysis connectors.

    *ICU Medical. “Tego® Swab Recommendations and Compatibility with Disinfecting Caps,” October, 2012.

    Tego is a registered trademark of ICU Medical.


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