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Help prevent surgical site infections before they start.

Every touchpoint matters.

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Surgical site infections are a complex problem which is why 3M dedicates energy, passion and 3M Science to develop solutions that help reduce infection risk. From antimicrobial skin preps and drapes to dressings and temperature management, 3M applies science to helping achieve a world with zero surgical site infections and improved patient outcomes.

The negative impacts of surgical site infections (SSIs)

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    Occur in 2-5% of all patients undergoing inpatient surgery.1

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    Cost on average $350,000 to $1 million (CDN) annually.1

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    Increase length of stay by an average of 11 days.1

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    Result in increased risk of morbidity and mortality.1

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    Increase likelihood of readmission by 5 times.1

3M medical solutions for every situation.

Click a coloured circle below to see how 3M medical solutions help protect against surgical site infections.

Choose the right surgical skin prep

Use skin preparation products such as 3M™ SoluPrep™ Brand products or 3M™ DuraPrep™ Surgical Solution.


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Help prevent cross-contamination
Monitor temperatures

Use 3M™ Bair Hugger™ Temperature Monitoring System - an accurate, non-invasive core body temperature monitoring solution.


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Create a sterile surface

Help prevent wound contamination and help protect against prep wash-off with 3M™ Ioban™ 2 Antimicrobial Incise Drapes.


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Maintain normothermia

Use 3M™ Bair Hugger™ Warming Blankets and Gowns and 3M™ Ranger™ Blood/Fluid Warming Units to help maintain normothermia.


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Manage incisions

Use 3M™ Steri-Strip™ Antimicrobial Skin Closures to help close the wound and/or 3M™ Tegaderm™ Absorbent Clear Acrylic Dressings to create a protective barrier from outside contaminants.


Start with patient bathing

Help remove bioburden from the patient’s skin before surgery with 3M™ SoluPrep™ Antiseptic Skin Cleansing Sponge.


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Remove hair safely

Use 3M™ Surgical Clippers to help minimize the potential for nicks or cuts.

Your surgery. Your patients. Your 3M solutions have you covered.

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    Get the whole picture when reducing infections

    Keep an eye on wounds and incisions without removing dressings with the help of 3M™ Tegaderm™ Absorbent Clear Acrylic Dressings. Now available in post-op sizes. When it comes to protecting your patients, the choice is clear.

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Learn more about how 3M solutions can help you prevent surgical site infections.

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  1. Canadian Patient Safety Institute. (2016, February). Canadian Surgical Site Infection Prevention Audit Month - February 2016 - Recap Report. Retrieved February 24, 2020 from
  2. 3M Study 05-011100.