Protect your most vulnerable patients
Microbes that cause Catheter-Related Bloodstream Infections (CRBSIs) have multiple access points. They can be caused by extraluminal contamination (bacteria originating on the surface of the skin and diffusing along the outside of the catheter) and intraluminal contamination (bacteria diffusing through a catheter lumen). Help reduce the risk of infections with disinfecting port protectors and antimicrobial I.V. securement dressings.
Security matters to you and your patients
Providing exceptional I.V. site care is a tough job. You're expected to ensure I.V. sites are stable and secure, manage the risks of healthcare-acquired infections, provide a positive patient experience, and keep an eye on the bottom line. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Guidelines for the Prevention of Intravascular Catheter-Related Infections, 2011 and The Infusion Nurses Society (INS) Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice, 2016, recommended the use of a catheter stabilization device for all I.V. catheters. Catheter stabilization devices help secure and preserve the integrity of devices, minimize movement, prevent catheter dislodgement and may reduce the risk of infection for intravascular catheters.
(1) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Guidelines for the Prevention of Intravascular Catheter-Related Infections, 2011. Available at: PDF
(2) Gorski L, Hadaway L, Hagle ME, McGoldrick M, Orr M, Doellman D. Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice. J Infus Nurs. 2016; 39(suppl 1):S1-S159.
(3) Maki DG. A Novel Integrated Chlorhexidine-Impregnated Transparent Dressing for Prevention of Vascular Catheter-related Bloodstream Infection: A Prospective Comparative Study in Healthy Volunteers. SHEA, April 2008.
(4) 3M Data on file.
An excellent alternative to tape and gauze
3M™ Tegaderm™ Transparent Film Dressings consist of a thin, semi-permeable film backing that is occlusive to liquids, bacteria and viruses,* yet water vapor, oxygen and carbon dioxide can easily be exchanged. The sterile film includes a hypoallergenic adhesive, that is not made with natural rubber latex that enables long wear time and full site visibility to minimize unnecessary dressing changes.
For accessed integrated ports or the incisions of newly implanted ports, help protect the site with 3M™ Tegaderm™ I.V. Transparent Film Dressing with Adhesive-Free Window, minimizing the risk of needle movement during dressing removal and adhesive contact with the skin.
Take a proactive approach to skin health
Maintenance of healthy skin around a vascular skin around a vascular device is critical to reduce the risk of infection, maintaining a securement dressing or device, and patient comfort. Although Medical Adhesive-Related Skin Injuries ( MARSI ) can be a prevalent and serious complication, they do not need to be an inevitable part of the patient experience. Skin integrity can be maintained even when repeated dressing changes are required. Preparation of the skin and selection of proper adhesives are the first steps to help minimize the risks of MARSI.
(1) McNichol L, Lund C, Rosen T, Gray M. Medical Adhesives and Patient Safety: State of the Science. Journal Wound Ostomy Continence Nursing. 2013; 40(4): 365-380.
(2) 3M Data on file.
(3) 3M Health Care. 3M™ Cavilon™ No String Barrier Film. Clinical Evidence Summaries. 2012.
(4) Gorski L, Hadaway L, Hagle ME, McGoldrick M, Orr M, Doellman D. Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice. J Infus Nurs. 2016; 37(suppl 1):S72.
with 3M™ Curos™ Disinfecting Port Protectors
Disinfect and protect needless connectors and male-luer devices to help reduce the risk of contaminants from entering the catheter post-insertion.
with 3M™ Tegaderm™ CHG IV Securement Dressings
Securement dressings with an integrated antimicrobial CHG gel pad helps reduce the risk of contamination from the flora on the surface of the skin. )
3M™ Tegaderm™ I.V. Advancement Securement Dressings include a deep notch, stabilization border, and dual adhesive technology to help provide the comfort and protection your patients deserve. These dressings meet the CDC and INS definitions as a catheter securement or stabilization device.(1,2)
Choose 3M™ PICC/CVC Securement Device + Tegaderm™ I.V. Advanced Securement Dressing if your facility protocol requires a separate stabilization device, or for more active patients and other situations requiring the highest level of catheter securement. The 3M™ PICC/CVC Securement Systems were designed to minimize catheter migration and dislodgement complications yet remove gently, without causing patients undue pain or distress.(3,4)
All Tegaderm™ Transparent Film Dressings are safe to be worn up to 7 days and provide:
* In vitro testing shows that the transparent film provides a viral barrier from viruses 27nm in diameter or larger while the dressing remains intact without the leakage.
3M™ Cavilon™ No String Barrier Film forms a protective coating between the skin and the adhesive of the securement dressing, device or tape to help prevent MARSI. When an adhesive product is removed from the skin, Cavilon™ No String Barrier Film is removed instead of skin cells.
What goes in shouldn't come out. Rolls of tape can be long - more than three kilometers of tape is wasted for every 1,000 patients discharged. Why not have a single use roll of tape that's shorter in length? Aid infection prevention, reduce cross combination, and produce less waste with 3M™ single-patient use of rolls of tape.
Take the steps to prevent or treat skin injuries related to removing or repositioning medical tapes.
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