Patient Safety Tool: Scrub the Hub Posters

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement offers free, downloadable examples of Scrub the Hub posters.

Scrub the Hub posters are designed to boost healthcare employees' compliance to central line scrubbing prior to administration to patients. Proper disinfection of central line hubs is critical to maintaining patient safety and infection control. The posters outline five steps:

•    Perform hand hygiene.
•    Put on clean gloves prior to accessing the line.
•    Perform a 30-second "hub scrub" using alcohol and friction in a twisting motion on the hub.
•    Infuse medication or draw the blood and label as per the policy.
•    Discard gloves and perform hand hygiene.

The posters were originally created at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, and Missouri Baptist Medical Center in St. Louis.

Download the Scrub the Hub posters by Brooke Army Medical Center and Missouri Baptist Medical Center (pdf) for use in your own facility.

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