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.
Several hospitals have implemented the use of Curos™ disinfecting caps and have seen results.
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.
JAVA December 2012: Central Venous Catheter Protective Connector Caps Reduce Intraluminal Catheter-Related Infection
Ramirez C, Lee AM, Welch K.
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.