Is anyone here using the Swab Caps and if so what is the general feeling for them?
What are swab caps? I'm not familiar----Thanks
There are currently 2 brands of caps that are placed on mechanical valve needleless connectors to protect them from contamination between uses. These are plastic caps with an alcohol impregnated sponge inside. SwabCap is from Excelsior Medical and Curos is from Ivera Medical. There is another product soon to be available that contains chlorhexidine and alcohol sponge that is used for cleaning the external connection surfaces and intraluminal surfaces of a needleless connector or catheter hub before each use. This one is SiteScrub that was recently acquired by Bard Access. Lynn
Lynn Hadaway, M.Ed., RN, BC, CRNI
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There is another one made by Hospira called EffectIV that is an alcohol cap.
Our hospital looked at the product but are leary since it does not attach to the catheter as a luer connection we worry about choking hazards in children. Theresa Reed, Texas Children's Hospital
The SwabCap (Excelsior Medical) and the Curos (Ivera Medical) do luer onto the mechanical valve needleless connectors. When you think about it, the needleless connector itself could be a choking hazard. Any protective cap on the end of IV tubing could be a choking hazard. So if these protective caps add benefits to reduce CRBSI, isn't there some way to mitigate the possible risk of a choking hazard? Lynn