What is the drying time of needleless IV connectors?

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Needleless connector drying times after a 15-second scrub with isopropyl-alcohol, isopropyl-alcohol/chlorhexidine, or povidone-iodine varied from 5 seconds to >6 minutes” Slater et al (2018).

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Allowing needleless connectors (NCs) on vascular catheters adequate drying time after cleaning with antiseptic is essential. Drying time instructions on antiseptic pads/wipes relate to skin use, not inanimate objects. Needleless connector drying times after a 15-second scrub with isopropyl-alcohol, isopropyl-alcohol/chlorhexidine, or povidone-iodine varied from 5 seconds to >6 minutes.



Reference:

Slater, K., Fullerton, F., Cooke, M., Snell, S. and Rickard, C.M. (2018) Needleless connector drying time—how long does it take? American Journal of Infection Control. June 5th. .

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajic.2018.05.007

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