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3M™ Curos™ Disinfecting Port Protectors loves clean and hates dirty.

  • Use Curos™ disinfecting port protectors to protect the line.

    For more than a decade, the standard of care in needleless connector disinfection has been a thorough 15-30 second manual scrub of the needleless connector with an alcohol pad, often referred to as “scrubbing-the-hub.” Although effective when done properly, a scrub-the-hub protocol relies on individual technique, is often inconsistently executed in a busy health care setting, and provides no means for compliance auditing. Nurses and patients need a better solution.

    Now they have one in Curos™ disinfecting port protectors. Curos™ disinfecting port protectors pack a disinfecting wallop in each alcohol-impregnated cap. Best of all, administration is easy: simply twist Curos™ disinfecting port protectors onto needleless connectors and male-luer devices to disinfect and protect from contamination.

    Each Curos™ disinfecting port protector contains 70% isopropyl alcohol (IPA). The IPA bathes the surface of the port and disinfects it in just 1 minute! Curos™ disinfecting port protectors have several advantages over the scrub-the-hub protocol often used to prevent I.V. infection:
    1) they provide fast passive disinfection, without nurses needing to scrub the hub
    2) they eliminate the technique variation found in manual procedures
    3) their bright color provides quick visual confirmation that a port is clean, which allows hospitals to audit and improve disinfection compliance.

    With Curos products, nurses can spend less time scrubbing the hub and more time caring for their patients.

  • Advantages of Curos™ Disinfecting Port Protectors

    • Passive disinfection removes human technique variation, providing consistent disinfection every time.
    • Requires less time for the nurse than most scrub-the-hub protocols.
    • Curos™ disinfecting caps twist on easily and stay securely in place on commonly used needleless connectors — meeting 2016 Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice published by INS.
    • 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 be left in place to keep male luers clean and protected for up to 7 days.
    • Bright green Curos™ port protectors enable easy disinfection compliance auditing.
  • Statistics About Scrubbing the Hub

    • One study reported 31% of nurses did not disinfect needleless connectors before accessing them.1
    • A U.S. hospital observational study showed <10% compliance with the disinfection protocol for catheter hubs.2
    • User variables impact efficacy (technique dependent).
    • A Brazilian study across selected practices found only 38.7% compliance with disinfection.3
    • Noncompliance is attributed to lack of universal protocols, excessive workloads, or forgetting to bring alcohol wipes to the bedside.4
    • “Active” disinfection can still be risky. A 2006 study indicated that a 3-5 second scrub was not effective - allowing 67% of bacteria to transfer.5
  • Don’t just take our word for it


    Several hospitals have implemented the use of Curos™ disinfecting caps and have seen results.

    Click Here to Download the Clinical Evidence Summary for Curos™ Disinfecting Port Protectors.

    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™ disinfectant 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; Brigg, 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.

  • Footnotes

    1. Karchmer, T.B., Cook, E.M., Palavecino, E., et al. (2005). Needleless valve ports may be associated with a high rate of catheter-related bloodstream infection [abstract]. In: Program of the 15th Annual Meeting of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (Los Angeles, CA). Washington, DC: Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America. 307.
    2. Lee, J. (2013). Disinfection cap makes critical difference in central line bundle for reducing CLABSIs, in Proceedings of the APIC Annual Conference, vol. 39, p. E64, Fort Lauderdale, Fla, USA.
    3. Jardim, J. M., Lacerda, R. A., & Soares, N. D. J. D. (2013). Evaluation of practices for the prevention and control of bloodstream infections in a government hospital. Revista Da Escola De Enfermagem, 47(1), 38-45.
    4. Moureau, N. L., Flynn, J. (2015). Disinfection of the Needleless Connector Hubs: Clinical Evidence Systematic Review. Nursing Research and Practice. Article ID 796762, 20 pages.
    5. Menyhay, S. Z., Maki, D. G. (2006). Disinfection of needleless catheter connectors and access ports with alcohol may not prevent microbial entry: the promise of a novel antiseptic-barrier cap. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, 27(1), 23-27.

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