Needleless connector drying time-how long does it take?

Allowing needleless connectors (NCs) on vascular catheters adequate drying time after cleaning with antiseptic is essential. Drying time instructions on antiseptic pads/wipes relate to skin use, not inanimate objects. Needleless connector drying times after a 15-second scrub with isopropyl-alcohol, isopropylalcohol/chlorhexidine, or povidone-iodine varied from 5 seconds to >6 minutes.

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