ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Every vascular catheter used on a patient poses potential for a costly
and prevalent central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI).
Passive disinfection caps for needleless connectors have been shown to
reduce the risk of CLABSI. Disinfecting port protectors also eliminate
human scrubbing technique variability. However, clinicians haven’t had a
passive disinfection solution for stopcocks and hemodialysis catheters –
until now. 3M is proud to introduce the 3M™ Curos™ Stopper Disinfecting
Cap for Open Female Luers to help clinicians ensure all intraluminal
vascular access points can be protected through passive disinfection.
“3M is committed to helping clinicians reduce infections. We have the
science to deliver evidence-based solutions that help protect patient
safety, reduce the risks of costly complications, improve patient
outcomes and, in turn, reduce care delivery costs,” said Pat Parks, MD,
PhD, medical director in the 3M Critical and Chronic Care Solutions
Division. “Adding Curos stopper caps to our innovative I.V. care
portfolio brings us one step closer to helping clinicians protect every
patient’s vascular catheter, from insertion to removal.”
The Curos stopper cap is the latest advancement in the 3M™ Curos™
Disinfecting Port Protector family, which includes passive disinfection
solutions for needleless connectors, male luers and Tego® hemodialysis
connectors. Now, with the addition of this offering for open female
luers, 3M Curos Disinfecting Port Protectors is the only brand that has
a cap that covers each intraluminal I.V. access point, thus providing a
full circle of disinfection and protection [see image]. Curos port
protectors provide time-saving, consistent and reliable disinfection,
while keeping ports protected from contamination when not in use.
Curos stopper caps can disinfect in one minute. They provide protection
for up to 7 days (if not removed). That’s the high standard to which all
Curos disinfecting port protectors comply. They contain a 70 percent
isopropyl alcohol (IPA) reservoir to disinfect against a number of
microorganisms commonly associated with CLABSI. The unique design fits a
wide range of stopcocks and hemodialysis catheter hubs and offers a way
to hold pressure while providing fast, passive disinfection to critical
The bright red color of Curos stopper caps help clinicians verify that a
port is clean at a glance and make disinfection compliance easy to
measure. The Curos stopper caps also come in two formats – singles and
strips – so they can be readily available at the bedside. The strips
help facilitate staff compliance with port disinfection. The individual
caps are excellent for home use, as well as for ancillary areas where
I.V. poles are not commonly used. The Curos stopper caps are single-use
only and indicated for use only on open female luers such as stopcocks
and catheter hubs. The Curos stopper caps should not be used on
For more information about Curos stopper caps and vascular access
antimicrobial protection, or to coordinate a product trial, please visit 3M.com/Curos.
3M and Curos are trademarks of 3M Company.
Tego® is a trademark of ICU Medical, Inc. 3M™ Curos™ disinfecting caps
are not affiliated with ICU Medical, Inc.
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