I was wondering if anyone has any evidence based data to support the amount of time the end cap for a VAD should be scrubbed with alcohol or CHG when accessing the lumen (central or peripheral IV's).Â I'm seeing many policies and procedures that require a 15 second scrub.Â This is the equivalent of singing "Happy Birthday" twice.Â
I have tried to introduce this expectation at our facility with great resistance and reasonably so if there isn't any evidence to suggest that this amount of time would indeed make a difference.
I appreciate anything you could provide (I already have the Kaler article).
Thanks Very Much!
Nursing Director IV Therapy Service Mass General Hospital Boston