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The Power to Prevent SSIs - June 2017 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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Our "Scrub the Hub" Campaign Brushing up on IV hub and port disinfection. D o your nurses and anesthetists scrub the hub, port and vial they're accessing every time they access it? Probably not. After a surveyor cited us because an RN failed to wipe the top of a vial after popping the cap, I wondered how consistently we were disinfecting IV hubs and ports, and the tops of drug vials with an alcohol wipe. Not every time, it turned out. We launched a "Scrub the Hub (Port and Vial)" campaign to remedy that. • When do you scrub the hub? Every time you're about to attach anything onto the injection cap of a peripheral IV. Scrub every poten- tial portal of entry for infection, including injection ports into bags or bottles, injection ports on administration sets, needleless connectors and the hub of a catheter itself. You should cap stopcocks and injec- tion ports when they're not in use. • How do you scrub the hub? Adequately scrubbing the hub 2 4 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • J U N E 2 0 1 7 Infection Prevention Barbara J. Holder RN, BSN, LHRM, CAPA • TWISTING MOTION Use an alcohol wipe and apply friction for 10 to 15 seconds on every injection port and hub. Barbara J. Holder RN, BSN, LHRM, CAPA

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