The DualCap System™ Story

The DualCap System™ was invented by two infusion nurses, Jim Mercer and Mike Howlett, who sought to develop a comprehensive, practical means to disinfect all IV catheter access points.

Michael Howlett, RN, MS, CRNI

“Needle-free valves are a known source of contamination, but nobody was discussing the male luer connector. Use of a sterile end-cap does nothing to disinfect this end of the IV administration set, and we could not swab male luers due to the risk of introducing isopropyl alcohol into the IV tubing.”

Michael Howlett, RN, MS, CRNI
Jim Mercer, RN, BSN

“Even great nurses aren’t perfect and their compliance with a “scrub the hub” protocol will fail on a busy patient, on a busy unit, on a busy day. The DualCap System™ provides a practical solution to properly disinfect needle-free valves, and helps great nurses maintain compliance—even on those shifts that are anything but compliant.”

Jim Mercer, RN, BSN