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3M Skin and Wound Care Solutions

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Transforming wound care through science.

Whether you’re caring for patients in the hospital, an outpatient facility, at home or as they transition between care settings—each phase of the wound healing process requires continuity of care and collaboration between providers, patients and caregivers. With 3M as your partner for science-based solutions, ongoing support, and world-class education, we can help ensure the best possible outcomes. When we combine our science with your expertise, amazing things can happen.


  • Approximately 1% of the western population is affected by Venous Leg Ulcers (VLU).5 This chronic condition can have a devastating impact on an individual’s physical and emotional well-being.6

  • Research has shown that patients with diabetes have up to a 25% lifetime risk of diabetic foot ulceration (DFU), one of the most frequently recognized complications of diabetes.4

  • Facility-acquired pressure injuries can lead to longer hospital stays and higher rates of readmission, and can contribute to greater patient pain and suffering—and in some cases, premature mortality.1

  • Incontinence-associated dermatitis (IAD) is skin damage associated with exposure to urine or stool. It causes considerable discomfort and can be difficult, time consuming and expensive to treat. IAD can also be known as perineal dermatitis and diaper rash and is included in a lot of broader skin conditions groups.

  • Helping you keep patients comfortable while protecting skin from preventable medical adhesive-related skin injuries (MARSI) is of utmost importance. As your ally in care, 3M provides a wide range of medical tapes and skin-friendly products to maintain and protect the integrity and health of this vital organ.

  • Lymphedema is a chronic condition resulting from congenital defects or secondary damage due to surgical disruption, radiation, or trauma to the lymphatic system. It is estimated that 1 million Canadians2 suffer from lymphedema and it can affect men, women and children.3

Skin and Wound Care Resources

  • NPWT is an integrated wound management system for use in acute, extended, and home care settings to create an environment that promotes healing in chronic, acute, traumatic, subacute and dehisced wounds, partial thickness burns, ulcers, flaps, and grafts.

  • From gels that destroy biofilm to dressings that can provide an effective barrier to bacterial contamination, 3M gives you the solutions and support your wound care patients need to encourage healing and help them get back to their lives.

  • During radiation treatment, small amounts of radiation are absorbed into the skin during each treatment, which can lead to redness and irritation on the skin’s surface, similar to sunburn.7 This effect is called radiation dermatitis, and symptoms can also include dryness, itchiness, or soreness.8 3M can help.

  • Skin is one thing we all have in common. It's also an indicator for assessment and care. When we start with skin, we make a different commitment to the people we serve – one that considers health from the outside in, not just the inside out. It’s time to look beyond the surface of skin to treat skin differently. It’s time to think skin deeper.

  • See our catalogue of continuing education resources, including workshops, webinars, and 3M℠ Health Care Academy.

  • Explore how we can help you manage and protect surgical incisions in high risk patients and help you address risks, standardize practices, and help reduce the risk of complications with science-centred surgical solutions.

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  1. Health Research & Educational Trust (2016, January). Hospital Acquired Pressure Ulcers (HAPU) Change Package: 2016 Update. Chicago, IL: Health Research & Educational Trust. Accessed at
  2. Keast, D.H., Moffatt, C., Janmohammad, A. (2019, April). Lymphedema Impact and Prevalence International Study: The Canadian Data. Lymphat Res Biol., 17(2), 178–186. doi:10.1089/lrb.2019.0014.
  3. Canadian Lymphedema Framework. What Is It? Available at
  4. Woodbury G. (2016, November). Foot Complications: Risking Limbs, Wasting Money. Wounds Canada, 14(3), 8-14.
  5. Simka, M. & Majewski, E. Am J Clin Dermatol (2003) 4: 573.
  6. Brem H, Kirsner RS, Falanga V. Protocol for the successful management of venous ulcers. Am J Surg 2004 Jul; 188 (1A Supply):1-8.
  7. University of Pennsylvania,
  8. Canadian Cancer Society,