Chloraprep vs. Alcohol prep

  1. With central lines (ie. Groshong, Hickman, internal portacaths, or double/single external catheters, ect) what do you use to clean the hub prior to medication administration, blood draws, ect...


    I have used providone-iodine(betadine) wiped off with an alcohol pad, Chloraprep only, and alcohol prep pads only. Policy states wiping off with alcohol is sufficient, and I just don't think that kills all the germs.

    Thoughts?

    Thanks
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  2. 3 Comments

  3. by   ellakate
    Alcohol preps are fine. Scrub the hub for 15 seconds for maximal effect.
  4. by   64rcs
    Quote from centexRN
    Alcohol preps are fine. Scrub the hub for 15 seconds for maximal effect.


    Even for drawing blood cultures?
  5. by   ellakate
    Quote from 64rcs
    Even for drawing blood cultures?
    This I do not know. Check your facility's procedure to be sure.

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