Nolte remembers her own confusing introduction to disinfectant caps as a cardiac floor nurse. The caps just “showed up” without an in-service or any training, she recalls, and her team was simply told to put them on patients’ lines.
“This is how so many things come to nurses in fast-moving hospital environments—without enough explanation of the ‘why’,” says Nolte who later managed a hospital vascular access program. “We wondered at the time, should they go on all lines or just central lines? Can you reuse them? Why use them? One package said a cap was good for seven days, but it didn’t say—only if not removed. So some of us were reusing caps thinking we were following protocol perfectly.”
Nolte knows that even though it’s hard to find time, training to build understanding and compliance pays off in reduced infection rates. Her engaging webinar presents everything clinicians need to know about needleless connectors, INS recommendations and disinfection cap use.