Use Wipe-Rite Sterile Technologies
Stop over 78,000 IV Related Bloodstream Infections, and Reduce Medical Malpractice Claims

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) calls these deaths and illnesses completely preventable. They call them “never events.” Yet, in 2012 ICU inpatient wards and outpatient hemodialysis centers alone had more than 78,000 cases of central line-associated blood stream infections (CLABSIs).

Unfortunately between 12-25% of patients who develop a CLABSI end up dying from their infections. These preventable infections cost hospitals more than $1 billion annually in non-reimbursed litigation costs. Now there is a better way to stop infections from improperly cleaned IV and hemodialysis equipment. It will also reduce the associated costs and legal liability to healthcare organizations.

Why does this “Never Event” Keep Harming People?

Bacteria, yeast, fungi, and viruses live the air. Hospitals, clinics, and homes all deal with constant contamination. When these contaminants are not thoroughly cleaned from the IV connecting ports, they can spread disease to the bloodstream.

The CDC has a protocol to scrub the hub port (STHP). They recommend 15-30 seconds of abrasive scrubbing to thoroughly clean the port. The problem?

  • In a study of 16 pediatric clinics over 25% didn’t know the protocol
  • Busy nurses spend an average of only 9 seconds cleaning
  • It’s hard to know what degree of vigorous or “abrasive” scrubbing is enough to ensure sterilization
  • It’s challenging for clinicians to self-assess how well they are scrubbing hub ports

How does the Wipe-Rite Technology Save Lives?

Wipe-Rite uses color to show clinicians have used the correct amount of time and applied pressure when they scrub the IV hub ports. These wipes insure that the time and pressure meet the STHP protocol for sterility. This also assures patient safety.

High-tech micro-capsules hold an FDA approved non-toxic dye that is sandwiched between two gauze pads. The micro-capsules are programmed to respond to friction, pressure, and time. When all of those happen in the correct way, the micro-capsules release the dye. Dye colors a paper strip but is blocked by a polymeric film from coming in contact with the patient or the IV port.

Wipe-Rite offers clear and simple proof the hub ports are sterile. Busy and less-skilled nurses– even other healthcare professionals who have not been trained in the STHP protocol– can insure
sterility by cleaning until they see the color appear. They have confidence they have sterilized the IV port properly. They know they have prevent bloodstream infections from causing patient illness and death.

Hospitals and clinics use over 600 million disinfecting pads on IV ports to sterilize them before connecting new drugs to the IV lines.

Who Else Might Use Wipe-Rite Technology?

Hospitals and healthcare providers may find other uses for Wipe-Right pads. The amount of pressure and time can be adjusted to meet any sterilization requirement. The capsules can be scientifically programmed to rupture at any time between 5 and 30 seconds and with a force between 0.5 and 30 psi. In addition, government agencies and consumers may demand “assured sanitization” in other areas such as child care, food preparation, janitorial, as well as home markets.

This technology has the potential to dramatically reduce central line-associated blood stream infections (CLABSIs) that occur with patients using intravenous (IV) equipment in hospitals and clinics and which cost the U.S. healthcare system more than $1 billion annually.

These wipes have a proprietary, patent-protected micro-encapsulation formulation that contains a non-toxic, FDA-approved dye that will change color when sufficient time and force is applied during cleaning of the IV hub ports.

This alerts nurses and other healthcare personnel that sterility of the IV hub port is assured, and keeps in compliance with the CDC’s scrub-the-hub-protocol for IV equipment sterilization.

The benefits to the healthcare system as well as to patients from this technology is immense.

Stuart Cantor, Ph.D.

Stuart Cantor, Ph.D.