SwabCap | Disinfecting Cap for Needlefree Connectors

See How Something So Small Can

Make a Huge Difference

In Infection Control

Nursing guidelines recommend swabbing needlefree connectors before every access to minimize the risk of bacterial contamination.1

Needlefree IV connectors play an important role in the fight against CRBSI, but nursing guidelines still suggest that connectors be swabbed before each access. Unfortunately, swabbing technique and compliance with these policies may vary and visual confirmation of connector disinfection may be difficult.

SwabCap’s proven disinfecting technology can be an important element in your efforts to minimize infection risks and improve swabbing compliance.

SwabCap’s patented disinfecting cap design has been shown to help enhance the barrier to bacterial ingress while helping you standardize disinfection protocols.2 Unlike other caps that only disinfect upon application, SwabCap continues
to disinfect the connector surface for up to seven days until removed.

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Continuous Disinfection

Completely disinfects after five minutes and continues disinfecting for up to seven days.

Visual Compliance Confirmation

Ensures swabbing compliance
with easily identifiable
colored disinfecting caps.

Sterile, Individual Packaging

Reduces the risk of cross
contamination with individually
packaged disinfecting caps.

Patented Thread Cover Design

Disinfects both the top and
threads of the connector for
maximum protection.

How it works

Proven Infection Control Technology Designed
to Help You Prevent Bacterial Contamination5

Its patented thread cover design gives SwabCap the unique ability
to continue disinfecting both the connector’s surface and threads
for up to seven days for maximum safety and compliance.



  1. Infusion Nurses Society (INS): Infusion Nursing Standards of Practice, 2011

  2. Posa P. Improving IV Connector Disinfection by Using Human Factors Engineering to Identify Effective, Nurse-Friendly Solutions. Poster presented at the APIC 4th Annual Conference. June, 2013.

  3. Kamboj M, Blair R, Bell N, et al. Use of Disinfection Cap to Reduce Central-Line–Associated Bloodstream Infection and Blood Culture Contamination Among Hematology–Oncology Patients. Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology. December, 2015. 36:12.

  4. Strategies to Prevent Central-Line Associated Bloodstream Infections in Acute Care Hospitals. Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) 2014. 

  5. Wright M, Tropp J, Schora D, et al. Continuous passive disinfection of catheter hubs prevents contamination and bloodstream infection. American Journal of Infection Control. 2012.

  6. Moureau N, Dawson R. Passive Disinfection Product Effectiveness Study. Poster presented at the Association for Vascular Access (AVA) Annual Scientific Meeting. September, 2010.

Product Reference



  • Remove protective cover by pulling tab.
  • Do not remove SwabCap from white plastic holder.


Push and Twist

  • Hold neeldfree connector in one hand while pushing and twisting the SwabCap in a clockwise direction onto the needlefree connector.

Push and Twist


  • After SwabCap has been twisted into place, gently pull white plastic holder off the needlefree connector.


To Remove for Access to Valve

  • Two-handed removal must be used to make sure the needlefree connector is not removed unintentionally.
  • Grasp the needlefree connector and twist SwabCap conter clockwise away from the connector. Remove and discard.
  • Inspect the needlefree connector to verify that it's connected securely to the catheter.
  • Connector is ready for access. No further swabbing is necessary after removal.

To Remove for Access to Valve

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