During a pandemic, diligence in maintaining low healthcare-acquired infection (HAI) rates can be difficult. 3M is here to support you with holistic, science- and evidence-based solutions, guidelines, best practices, and staff education to help you reduce the risk of infection complications and minimize inefficiencies in many areas that support your ongoing HAI efforts.
While sources of infection vary, one common source of transmission is cross- or residual-contamination from medical equipment, medical instruments, and medical supplies.
The data is especially alarming among high-touch products that are used with multiple patients, including medical tapes, stethoscopes, and electrocardiogram leadwires, as healthcare workers often carry these products from room-to-room without proper storage, cleaning, or disinfection between use.
61.5% of staff members carry rolls of tape in pockets or on stethoscopes.2
85% contamination rate of personal stethoscopes.2
3M data found EKG/ECG leadwires were one of the top 4 most contaminated room surfaces.3
In a 3M-sponsored survey, 118 infection preventionists shared insights into the realities of infection prevention and control during the pandemic.Read Article
Prior to COVID-19, the use of dedicated non-critical medical equipment for patients on transmission-based precautions was shown to prevent disease transmission.4 The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America and Infectious Disease Society of America also released guidance about the use of single-patient use and individually packaged products as a strategy for reducing the risk of cross-contamination, and the transmission of pathogens such as Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) and Clostridium difficile (C.diff).5,6
The rapid spread of COVID-19 within long-term care facilities further demonstrated the ease of transmission and need for heightened precautions in all care settings. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization and European Center for Disease Prevention and Control all updated recommendations to mention the importance of dedicated medical equipment or the disinfection of non-critical patient-care devices for patients with known or suspected COVID-19.7
We’ve combined 3M’s advanced acoustic engineering with our expertise in infection prevention to create a single-patient stethoscope with excellent performance and a comfortable design.
Infection-prevention conscious facilities often dedicate a single roll of tape to each patient, resulting in up to 70-90% of each roll being discarded.8 To support good infection prevention practices and waste reduction, 3M offers a full portfolio of single-patient-use rolls.
Adding single-use and single-patient use products to already established infection prevention and control protocols, can help provide patients and healthcare workers another line of defense against cross-contamination among people and medical equipment. Plus, single-use medical tapes may help facilities save money and reduce tape waste.