Caps Affect CLABSI Rates
Continuous passive disinfection of catheter hubs prevents contamination and bloodstream infection
Marc-Oliver Wright MT (ASCP), MS, CIC, Jackie Tropp, RN, MSN, Donna M. Schora MT (ASCP), Mary Dillon-Grant, RN, MSN, Kari Peterson, BS, Sue Boehm, RN, Ari Robicsek, MD, Lance R. Peterson, MD
American Journal of Infection Control, 41 (2013)
Disinfection caps have been available for a number of years, but for the first time, use of disinfection caps is included in hospital guidelines provided by infection control groups like the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) and the Infectious Diseases Society of America (ISDA).
Recommendations have been published in the journal Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology (ICHE). They include using disinfection caps in facilities that have instituted strategies to prevent CLABSIs but still have an unacceptable rate of infections.
The caps in question passively disinfect the top and threads of needleless IV connectors by providing a continuous bath of 70% isopropyl alcohol. Read one of the studies cited in the SHEA document.