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3M Contaminated Male Luers Disinfection Bundle

Male luers can be contaminated.

Read a success story about a facility that included male luer solutions as part of their disinfection bundle.

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  • Male luers shouldn’t be overlooked as a source of contamination. An ICU study found that up to 37 percent of male luers are contaminated.¹ One study even found a higher percentage of male luers to be contaminated compared to needleless injection sites.²

    Additionally, over half (52%) of clinician respondents said their organizational policies and procedures did not include instructions for the management of the male luer end of the administration set.¹ This lack of knowledge can lead to unsupported practices.

Unsupported practices

  • Unsupported Disinfection Practices Male Luers Uncovered

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  • Unsupported Disinfection Practices Male Luers Looping

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  • Unsupported Disinfection Practices Male Luers Reusing a Sterile Cap

    Reusing a sterile cap

     

  • Unsupported Disinfection Practices Male Luers Covering with Foil

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The dirty truth about male luers

  • Better Disinfection Policies Male Luers Journal of the Association for Vascular Access

    Infection reduction success story

    One facility recognized a need for better disinfection policies for male luers. Their implementation of a new peripheral intravenous catheter (PIV) bundle reduced primary bloodstream infections and increased compliance.

    This article was published in Journal of the Association for Vascular Access, Vol 23, Mary Duncan, Patricia Warden, Stéphanie F. Bernatchez, Dan Morse, A Bundled Approach to Decrease the Rate of Primary Bloodstream Infections Related to Peripheral Intravenous Catheters, Page 7-14, Copyright Association for Vascular Access (2018).


Educational male luer videos


Reduce Bloodstream Infection Microbes with 3M Curos Tips Disinfecting Caps for Male Luers
Help prevent contamination

3M™ Curos Tips™ Disinfecting Caps for Male Luers achieved a 99.99% reduction in 6 microbes commonly associated with central-line associated bloodstream infections.4, 5

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    Discover the latest contamination statistics


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  • 3M™ PEAK™ Clinical Outcomes Program

    3M™ PEAK™ Clinical Outcomes Program

    The 3M™ PEAK™ Clinical Outcomes Program gives you access to a team of 3M Clinical Specialists and a robust portfolio of tools to help you navigate IV care obstacles and implement change.

  • Stop Bloodstream Infections Before They Start

    Stop Bloodstream Infections Before They Start

    As your partner in protecting patients, we want to do everything in our power to help you achieve your goal of zero bloodstream infections. Learn more about free educational resources and evidence-based products to help you stop bloodstream infections before they start.

  • A Bundled Approach to Decrease the Rate of Primary Bloodstream Infections Related to Peripheral Intravenous Catheters

    A Bundled Approach to Decrease the Rate of Primary Bloodstream Infections Related to Peripheral Intravenous Catheters

    Watch this webinar to earn free CE credit! Learn from Mary Duncan, RN, MSN, CIC. Sr. Director of Infection Prevention, about a new study that showed reduction of primary bloodstream infections (BSIs) by following a Peripheral IV Maintenance Bundle.


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  • Sources:


    1. Lopansri, et al., "Microbial Colonization of Needleless Intraenous Connectors and the Male Luer End of IV Administration Sets: Does the Partner Matter?" Shea 2011 Annual Scientific Meeting
    2. Akridge, J. "Infection prevention efforts as varied as infections", Healthcare Purchasing News, vol 34, no. 7 pp. 44
    3. Hadaway, L., "Intermittent Intravenous Administration Sets: Survey of Current Practices," JAVA, vol.12, no 3, pp. 143-147, 2007
    4. For more information regarding organisms associated with central line–associated bloodstream infections, refer to: Weiner, et al. 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, 2011–2014. Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, 2016;1–14.
    5. Data reflects in vitro findings on Curos™ Disinfecting Port Protectors


    Social sources:

    1. Hadaway, L., “Intermittent Intravenous Administration Sets: Survey of Current Practices,” JAVA, vol.12, no 3, pp. 143-147, 2007
    2. Lopansri, et al., “Microbial Colonization of Needleless Intravenous Connectors and the Male Luer End of IV Administration Sets: Does the Partner
    Matter?” SHEA 2011 Annual Scientific Meeting
    3. Infusion Nurses Society, Infusion Nursing: an evidence based approach, pp. 404-406

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