Intravenous products: Infection Control Today report “A study and review performed by clinicians of PICC Excellence, Inc. found a disinfection cap that dispenses 70 percent isopropyl alcohol is effective inÂ disinfecting IV needleless connectors after five minutes. The study shows that if a needleless connector is covered and bathed in alcohol by the disinfection cap, no drying time is required to kill nearly all pathogens on the connector. The study is significant for two reasons:
- Proper IV connector disinfection between catheter line accesses is a crucial step in preventing contamination and potentially fatal catheter-related bloodstream infections (CRBSIs).
- Compliance with needleless connector cleansing is notoriously poor with methods that require manual disinfection of the connectors.
The results of the study were reported in a scientific poster presentation at the 2010 annual meeting of the Association for Vascular Access (AVA), a leading national organization focusing on patient safety and best nursing practices. The study’s authors are PICC Excellence founder Nancy Moureau, RN, BSN, CRNI, CPUI and Robert B. Dawson, MSA, BSN, RN, CRNI, CPUI.”