How do I order DualCap?
Please call us at 1.888.706.8883 or email us through the contact form. We will put you in touch with your area sales representative.
Is DualCap FDA 510(k) cleared?
Yes. All of our products have FDA 510(k) clearance.
Is there any official recommendation on the use of disinfection caps in an acute care setting?
Yes. Please see below:
Jonas Marschall, MD; Leonard A. Mermel, DO. Strategies to Prevent Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections in Acute Care Hospitals: 2014 Update. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. 2014; Vol. 35, No. 7 (July 2014), pp. 753-771.
Section 4: Recommended Strategies for CLABSI Prevention; II. Special approaches for preventing CLABSI
3. Use an antiseptic-containing hub/connector cap/port protector to cover connectors (quality of evidence: I)
Recommendations a collaborative effort led by SHEA, The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), the American Hospital Association (AHA), the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), and The Joint Commission.
*Five peer-reviewed studies cited in this specific recommendation, which received the highest possible quality of evidence ranking.
For which types of vascular access devices do you recommend the Light Blue DualCap® be used?
We recommend use of the Light Blue DualCap® on all intravenous vascular access devices using needle-free valves including: central lines, PICCs, PVCs, and of course y-sites on infusion sets.
PVCs also contribute to catheter-related bloodstream infection (CRBSI) with the incidence rate at 0.5 per 1000 line days.1
What is the DualCap System™ made of?
Medical grade polypropylene.
What is the active ingredient in the Light Blue and Dark Blue DualCap®?
70% isopropyl alcohol (IPA).
How quickly does DualCap® disinfect a needle-free valve or male luer connector?
In 30 seconds.
How long may a DualCap® stay attached to the connector?
For 7 days under normal conditions if not removed.
Why use a Dark Blue DualCap® instead of a sterile “dead-ender” male cap?
A sterile “dead-end” cap does not disinfect the male luer connector. After the IV tubing has been in use and it is disconnected, it is no longer sterile. Lopansri et al. (SHEA 2011 Poster) revealed that male luer connectors were found to be contaminated more frequently than needle-free valves (37% vs. 24%).
Under what circumstances should a Dark Blue DualCap® be used on male luer connectors?
Any time the IV tubing administration set is disconnected. Most often this would occur with intermittent delivery of medication through a secondary set that may be disconnected and reconnected.
After I remove the Light Blue DualCap®, how long do I need to wait before accessing the line?
The residual alcohol left by DualCap® is very small. Use common sense and your own clinical experience: if the needle-free valve looks wet, wait a few seconds until it looks dry.
Do I need to scrub with an alcohol pad after removing the Light Blue DualCap®?
Generally no. Because the needle-free valve has already been disinfected, there is no need to scrub when first accessing the valve. However, if multiple accesses are performed in sequence it is recommended to scrub between each access, prior to replacing with a new cap. In all cases, please follow your institution’s protocol.
Can the DualCap System™ be used in a sterile field?
Only if it has been repackaged and sterilized in a custom kit. In this case, the DualCap Solo™ may be opened and dropped onto the sterile field. Please contact us about sterilization requirements.
Is DualCap® reusable?
No. DualCap® is single use only.
Is the DualCap System™ safe for use on neonatal and pediatric patients?
Yes. We are preferred by many children’s hospitals because both the Light Blue and Dark Blue DualCap® secure tightly to both the needle-free valve and male luer connector.
Against which microorganisms was the DualCap System™ tested?
The Light Blue DualCap® was tested against Staphylococcus aureus, Staphylococcus epidermidis, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Escherichia coli, and Candida albicans.
The Dark Blue DualCap® was tested against Staphylococcus epidermidis, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Escherichia coli, and Candida albicans.
Each test demonstrated a greater than 4-log reduction (99.99%) in each organism at 30 seconds, and for up to 7 days.
DualCap® is labeled non-pyrogenic. What does this mean?
An endotoxin is a molecule that is harbored within a bacterial cell wall capable of eliciting an immune response after the bacterial cell has been lysed (killed). The term is synonymous with a molecule known as a lipopolysaccharide (LPS)—which is a major component of the cell wall of gram-negative bacteria (e.g. P. aeruginosa, E. coli). LPS can induce a strong immunological response in a host with a healthy immune system, and can lead to septic shock in immunocompromised individuals. LPS is also a pyrogen—which is a substance that induces a fever.
Why do all needle-free valves need to be capped? Why not just the valve in use?
Needle-free valves not in regular use may become contaminated or develop biofilms. If a clinician were to access the needle-free valves that were not capped, he/she would run the risk of exposing the patient to an IV CRBSI. In addition, capping all needle-free valves on infusion sets prevents the practice of “looping”—inserting the male luer connector into a needle-free valve.
Is DualCap® recyclable?
DualCap® is made from recyclable material—#5 polypropylene. However, medical waste is not recyclable. Clinicians should always follow their institution’s policy for the handling of medical waste.