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DualCap Solo use in the hospital

What is a DualCap™ Solo?

Dualcap™ Solo is a sterile device containing two disinfecting caps – one for the needleless injection site and one for the end of the IV tubing.  It has shown to significantly reduce bacterial contamination that may lead to central line blood stream infections (CLABSIs).

Why does my child need it?

Injection caps can be exposed to various types of contaminates while not connected to the IV infusion between medication doses. By protecting both access points, DualCap™ helps prevent contamination.

How should I prepare my child?

Explain to your child that this cap is on their central line to help protect from infection. Tell your child not to play with the cap or remove it.

How is it done?

To apply DualCap™ Solo:

  1. Disconnect the medication or infusion from your injection cap.
  2. Remove DualCap™ Solo from the package by tearing it at the notch.
  3. Holding the DualCap™ Solo, grasp the foil tab and remove.
  4. Twist the DualCap™ Solo onto the injection cap in a clockwise direction.

To remove DualCap™ Solo:

  1. Using two hands, grasp the injection cap and twist the cap counter clockwise.
  2. Visually inspect the injection cap to make sure it remains securely attached to the IV catheter.
  3. Attach syringe, medication device or IV tubing to injection cap when flushing or infusing medication/fluids.

Cleaning up

Discard DualCap™ Solo in the trash.

What else do I need to know?

  • You do not have to swab the IV injection cap when using the DualCap™ Solo (unless you touch the injection cap to a non-sterile object).
  • A new DualCap™ Solo should be placed on injection cap after each flush or infusion when the line is not in use.
  • When left in place for 30 seconds, DualCap™ Solo disinfects the injection cap. After 30 seconds, it provides a physical barrier to contamination. 

Questions?

This is not specific to your child, but provides general information.  If you have any questions, please ask your provider or nurse. 

Reviewed by Cardiovascular 8/2015 ©Copyright

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