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When you’re dealing with surgical site infections you can’t leave it to chance – you need hard facts.

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  • Why choose 3M™ SoluPrep™ Skin Antiseptic Products?

    • The first and only skin antiseptics authorized for professional healthcare use.¹,²
    • Used by healthcare professionals over 1 billion times.³
    • Is the Canadian market leader⁴ and offers a range of formats and formulations.

    Preoperative skin antiseptics should, per recommendations5

    • Significantly reduce microorganisms on intact skin
    • Be non-irritating to the skin
    • Be broad spectrum
    • Be fast acting
    • Have a persistent effect
    • Remain effective in the presence of organic material
    • Be cost effective

Truth or scare?

Every skin antiseptic has been authorized for professional healthcare use.

Every skin antiseptic has been authorized for professional healthcare use.

SCARE

Not every skin antiseptic meets the updated recommendations of the Guidance Document: Human-Use Antiseptic Drugs.6 In fact, standards pre- and post-2009, when the guidance document became effective, differ. Post-2009, manufacturers are required to submit clinical information to support their efficacy and safety claims for antiseptics intended for professional healthcare use. 3M™ SoluPrep™ Skin Antiseptic Products were the first skin antiseptics authorized for professional healthcare use.*

* Statement as of May 1, 2017

Skin antiseptic products need to be sterile.

Skin antiseptic products need to be sterile.

SCARE

No matter how hard you try, you can’t sterilize skin! Chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) antiseptics can’t be sterilized using steam, ethylene oxide or irradiation without causing degradation of the active ingredients.7 Preoperative skin antiseptics should, per recommendations:8

• significantly reduce microorganisms on intact skin
• be non-irritating to the skin
• be broad spectrum
• be fast acting
• have a persistent effect
• remain effective in the presence of organic material
• be cost effective

When it comes to 3M™ SoluPrep™ Skin Antiseptic Products, nonsterile doesn’t mean contaminated.

When it comes to 3M™ SoluPrep™ Skin Antiseptic Products, nonsterile doesn’t mean contaminated.

TRUTH

A skin antiseptic product labelled as “nonsterile” does not suggest the product is contaminated with microorganisms.

3M’s standard for all skin antiseptics products is that no organism will be detected.

Placing skin antiseptics inside a kit that goes through a sterilizer results in a sterile antiseptic.

Placing skin antiseptics inside a kit that goes through a sterilizer results in a sterile antiseptic.

SCARE

The packaging (foil pouch or glass ampoule) protects the antiseptic during the sterilization process. Exposing the product directly to some types of sterilization results in degradation of the active ingredient. Only the outside of the package or exterior of the applicator is “sterile”. The antiseptics within are not.

Quality standards for skin antiseptics are stringent.

Quality standards for skin antiseptics are stringent.

TRUTH

The 3M Canada quality assurance testing allowance for total aerobic microbial count (TAMC) is < 10 cfu/mL. That’s 10 times more stringent than the North American Standard of < 100 cfu/mL. The 3M™ SoluPrep™ Brand microbial release testing method can detect a single cfu of bacteria/mL of antiseptic. 3M Canada’s standard for all skin antiseptics is that no growth will be observed.9*

* Statement as of May 1, 2017

Skin antiseptic product labels can be confusing.

Skin antiseptic product labels can be confusing.

TRUTH

The word “sterile” is often confusing when used on the product labels of skin antiseptics. Skin antiseptic products that are labelled as “sterile” don’t always mean that the solution is sterile.

Organisms tested don’t stand a chance against 3M™ SoluPrep™ Skin Antiseptic Products with 2% CHG / 70% IPA solution.

Organisms tested don’t stand a chance against 3M™ SoluPrep™ Skin Antiseptic Products with 2% CHG / 70% IPA solution.

TRUTH

3M has not found an organism that could survive and grow in 3M™ SoluPrep™ Skin Antiseptic Products with 2% CHG / 70% IPA solution (based on test organisms identified by Health Canada for professional healthcare use10 using test method EN13727 and EN 13624 and 3M internal challenge studies using 3M Canada test methods based on current USP and cGMP Health Canada).

Patients with a surgical site infection are 2 to 11 times more likely to die.11

Patients with a surgical site infection are 2 to 11 times more likely to die.11

TRUTH

Surgical site infections significantly increase the risk of mortality.

Using 3M™ SoluPrep™ Skin Antiseptic Products is one way you can help reduce the risk of a surgical site infection.

Surgical infections can increase the length of a patient’s hospital stay by an everage of 11 days.12

Surgical infections can increase the length of a patient’s hospital stay by an everage of 11 days.12

TRUTH

Surgical site infections (SSIs) are a major burden on healthcare systems.

Using 3M™ SoluPrep™ Skin Antiseptic Products is one way you can help reduce the risk of surgical site infections.

Surgical infections can cost hospitals an average of $100,000 annually.13

Surgical infections can cost hospitals an average of $100,000 annually.13

SCARE

The actual annual cost of surgical site infections is THREE to TEN TIMES this amount at $350,000 ­– $1,000,000.14 Now that’s scary!

Using 3M™ SoluPrep™ Skin Antiseptic Products is one way you can help reduce the risk of a surgical site infection.


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