Nurse-Friendly Hub Disenfection
The new Curos Strip provides caregivers with a perfectly accessible dispenser for Curos port protectors at the point of care. The ten-cap, foil-backed dispenser can be hung on an IV pole or other convenient bedside location so that nurses have easy access to consistent and reliable passive disinfection during every IV access.
Innovating to Improve Nurse Efficiency and Patient Safety
- Nurses spend much of their time in transit – averaging 3 miles in a 10 hours shift. Less run-around leaves more time for patient-care activities. Research suggests that even minor changes in the distribution points of supplies and medications can have a major impact on nurse workload. 1
- In-room access to Curos is especially important for safe hub disinfection in isolation rooms and other areas where cross-contamination is a concern because the Curos Strip eliminates the need for nurses to transport caps from room to room.
- The Curos cap’s bright green color—whether dispensed as individual caps or on the Curos Strip—facilitates the ability to audit disinfection compliance. Curos port protectors coupled with regular auditing, has been shown to produce compliance levels greater than 85 percent in clinical use which is correlated with positive outcomes 2 .
1. Ann Hendrich, RN, MSN, FAAN; Marilyn P Chow, DNSc, RN, FAAN; Boguslaw A Skierczynski, PhD; Zhenqiang Lu, PhD. A 36-Hospital Time and Motion Study: How Do Medical-Surgical Nurses Spend Their Time? The Permanente Journal. Summer 2008/Vol. 12, No. 3.
2. Sweet MA, Cumpston A, Briggs F, Craig M, Hamadani M. 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. Am J Infect Control. 2012 May 8. [Epub ahead of print]