Add an Extra Layer of Infection Protection for Dialysis Patients with 3M™ Curos™ Disinfecting Cap for Tego® Hemodialysis Connectors

Add an Extra Layer of Infection Protection for Dialysis Patients with 3M™ Curos™ Disinfecting Cap for Tego® Hemodialysis Connectors

24th April 2019

 

With kidney dialysis comes repeated exposure of the patient’s bloodstream for venous access. For many needing this life-saving therapy, kidney disease has already lowered their immune responses meaning they may be more susceptible to infections as a result. For this reason, clinicians have to be particularly diligent in keeping bacteria at bay to minimise infection risks.

It is estimated that around 10% of patients with a long-term central venous catheter (CVC) for chronic hemodialysis (HD) will develop a catheter-related bloodstream infection (CRBSI).

In the UK Renal Registry 19th Annual Report: Chapter 10 Epidemiology of Reported Infections in Patients Receiving Dialysis in England between January 2015 and December 2015: (This is a Joint Report from Public Health England and the UK Renal Registry)1, one of the discussion points ‘suggests that the presence of a central venous catheter remains a risk factor for development of staphylococcal infection’.

In the US evidence shows that bloodstream infections are a leading cause of hospital admission for dialysis patients and one of the leading causes of death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 37,000 bloodstream infections occur each year among dialysis patients with central lines, and as many as one in four of these patients may die as a result of their infection2.

In addition, the estimated cost per hospitalisation from a bloodstream infection among this population is $23,000. Therefore, preventing infections fulfils three objectives; improving the health of the population, enhancing a patient’s experience of care and reducing health care costs.

Key to minimising the risks of infection is incorporating best practice for the care and maintenance of the central lines used for dialysis.  An additional line of defence, and an extra layer of protection for patients, is 3M™ Curos™ Disinfecting Cap for Tego® Hemodialysis Connectors.

Delivering the benefits of passive port protection, Curos™ for Tego® Connectors has been specifically designed for the Tego® hemodyalisis needleless connector.

When attached to the hub of a catheter, the Curos™ for Tego® Connectors creates a mechanically and microbiologically closed system. It therefore eliminates open catheter hubs and lowers the risk of bacterial contamination and the development of infection. Disinfection takes just 60 seconds and lasts for seven days if its not removed.

As well as the potential savings to hospitals in reducing the rate of infections, Curos™ for Tego® Connectors can also facilitate a saline flush option which can allows reduce risks and costs associated with heparin use.

Where you have open female luers, on permacaths for example, the dedicated passive port protection solution is the 3M™ Curos™ Stopper Disinfecting Cap for Open Female Luers.

With kidney dialysis patients needing to stay free from infection to ensure their treatment is as effective as it can be, the inclusion of Curos™ Disinfecting Caps in the care and maintenance of venous access lines represents a commitment to the best care possible.  It’s a further step in providing the gold standard in care your patients deserve.

 

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References:

  1. Crowley et al. UK Renal Registry 19th Annual Report: Chapter 10 Epidemiology of Reported Infections in Patients Receiving Dialysis in England between January 2015 and December 2015: a Joint Report from Public Health England and the UK Renal Registry. Nephron 2017;137(suppl1):251-258
  2. Centers for Disease Control, US https://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/dialysis/index.html

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