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3M™ Cavilon™ Skin Care Solutions

  • Our skin reveals so much about us. It shows traces of a million smiles and is a canvas for our identities. Skin is also a reflection of our quality of health. We understand that you are focused every day on improving clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction by preventing skin damage.

    At 3M, we are unlocking unique solutions to protect skin by combining our unmatched expertise in polymer science with your clinical needs. As your partner in patient care, we provide the products you need for reducing the risk of skin damage while helping provide your patients’ and residents’ comfort and relief.

    Our newest innovative skin care product is a clear improvement on traditional treatment options. 3M™ Cavilon™ Advanced Skin Protectant is designed to deliver Incontinence-Associated Dermatitis (IAD) management and prevention — even in the presence of continued incontinence. Cavilon Advanced Skin Protectant creates a highly durable, ultra-thin, elastomeric barrier that lasts up to seven days and doesn’t require removal, protecting patient skin like never before.

Introducing 3M™ Cavilon™ Advanced Skin Protectant

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3M™ Cavilon™ Skin Care solutions provide a proactive approach to total skin health. Our skin care product line guards skin from the outside in. It seeks to help prevent skin breakdown before it happens, protect at-risk skin and encourage maintenance of healthy, intact skin.


  • Excellence in Skin Safety Award

    3M Award for Excellence in Skin Safety

    The work we do for you and your patients only begins with our products. The 2017 Excellence in Skin Safety Award from 3M™ and the WOCN® Society recognizes an individual or team for creating and sustaining a successful skin damage prevention program that demonstrates positive clinical outcomes, teamwork and knowledge transfer.

    Established in 2009, this year's winner, the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee's Pressure Ulcer Prevention team, showed an improvement in pressure ulcer incidences in the PICU. In 2015, the team instituted a defined skin care regimen and peer-to-peer training program hospital-wide.

    Learn more about the 2016 3M Award for Excellence in Skin Safety winner, the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, in the video player below.


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Skin Care Conditions

  • MARSI

    Medical Adhesive-Related Skin Injury (MARSI) refers to the red irritated skin that often occurs when medical adhesives are removed. It occurs across all care settings and age groups, often due to improper selection, application or removal of medical adhesives. This causes unnecessary pain to patient's and compromises skin integrity.

    With an impressive history in developing adhesive solutions, we at 3M have a unique understanding of how adhesives interact with skin. We use that knowledge to develop products to address patient needs in today’s care setting — and reduce the risk of MARSI.

  • Incontinence-Associated Dermatitis

    Incontinence-Associated Dermatitis (IAD) is a painful, problematic skin injury that results from exposure to urine or feces. This is a miserable patient experience that also increases the risk of complications.

    A global panel of experts concluded that a structured skin care regimen is key to maintaining the skin integrity of patients at risk for IAD.

    3M™ Cavilon™ Skin Care Solutions -- including our new, innovative 3M™ Cavilon™ Advanced Skin Protectant -- are key to a skin care regimen that protects patients, even in cases of moderate to severe IAD.

  • Skin Damage

    Periwound and Peristomal Skin Damage

    Patients with infected wounds or venous leg ulcers (VLUs) and associated edema are especially at risk of periwound skin damage.

    Excessive hydration of periwound skin compromises the barrier function, making the epidermis more vulnerable to MARSI and damage from friction.

    Peristomal skin damage risk is a result of the challenge of caring for an ostomy. Skin injury is common, affecting up to 55% of patients with fecal diversions*. Patients with a problem stoma and/or high output are especially vulnerable.

    *Lyons C, Smith AJ. (2003). Abdominal Stomas and their Skin Conditions.
    Martin-Dunitz. London.

Key Studies and Resources

  • 1. 3M data on file. EM-05-013924.

    2. Brennan MR, Milne CT, Agrell-Kann M, Ekholm BP. Clinical evaluation of a barrier film for the management of incontinence associated dermatitis (IAD) in an open label, non-randomized, prospective study. Accepted for publication in Journal of Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing (JWOCN). (n=9).

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