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    3M Island Dressings

    At 3M, we strive to provide you with island dressings that meet your needs and those of your patients. We offer two styles of island dressings to meet your clinical need; a waterproof, absorbent dressing in the 3M™ Tegaderm™ + Pad Film Dressing with Non-Adherent Pad and a gentle, conformable, absorbent dressing in the 3M™ Medipore™+ Pad with Soft Cloth.


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  • Cost of hospital-acquired infection

    Reducing your SSI Risk

    Surgical site infections (SSIs) are the second most common hospital-acquired infection1 (HAI) costing up to $29,000 depending on the pathogen and procedure.2 Patients who develop a SSI after hospital discharge are five times more likely to be readmitted to the hospital and are at a higher risk of death.3

    Protecting your patients from surgical site infection (SSI) and your organization from the costs associated with this problem, as part of a comprehensive effort to decrease the incidence of SSIs, it is recommended to use a sterile dressing to help reduce the risk of infection.4  We engineered the 3M Tegaderm™ +Pad Film Dressing with Non-Adherent Pad to include three advanced performance features.

    Clear Difference: 3M™ Tegderm™+Pad Dressings offer a transparent, waterproof film that serves as a barrier. 3M Tegaderm +Pad Dressing are breathable, letting oxygen in and moisture vapor out, allowing the skin to function normally.

    Dual Purpose Barrier: Testing has demonstrated that 3M™ Tegderm™+Pad Dressings provide a bacterial barrier, even against some of the most common organisms associated with SSI: Staphylococcus aureus, Enterococcus faecalis, Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.* 3M™ Tegaderm™ +Pad Dressings also provide a viral barrier against HIV-1 and HBV and other potentially infectious body fluids. **

    Easy Does It: hassle-free design, not made with latex is friendly for both you and your patients. The pressure-sensitive adhesive film conforms naturally, holds strongly and releases gently - ensuring skin integrity. Plus, the non-adherent pad will not adhere to the wound bed, reducing pain upon removal. A wide variety of standard sizes and shapes ensure timely, accurate placement.

    See more clinical studies (PDF, 267.11 KB)

    1. Klevens RM, Edwards JR, et al. Estimating health care-associated infections and deaths in U.S. hospitals, 2002. Public Health Reports 2007; 122:160-166.

    2. Surgical Site Infection Toolkit, Berrio-Torres, CDC Division of Healthcare Quality Products, 2009.

    3. Kirkland KB, Briggs JP, Trivette SL, et al. The Impact of surgical-site infections in the 1990s: attributable mortality, excess length of hospitalization, and extra costs. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 1999;20:725-730.

    4. Mangram, AJ, et al. Guideline for the Prevention of Surgical Site Infection. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Hosptial Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee. Vol. 20, No. 4; 268, 1999.

    * 3M Data On File.

    ** In vitro testing shows that the transparent film dressing provideds a viral barrier from viruses 27 nm in diameter or larger while the dressing remains intact without leakage.


  • surgical site infection prevention

    Full Surround Protection: Fewer Barriers to Healing

    Bacteria can penetrate up to 64 layers of dry gauze.1 Clinical studies have shown higher infection rates in chronic and complex wounds for which gauze dressings were used compared to wounds dressed with transparent films.2 Gauze dressings do not present a barrier to bacteria. 

    Tegaderm +Pad Dressings create a transparent, sterile, barrier that is impervious to liquids, bacteria, and viruses*, providing an effective barrier to external contaminants. The adhesive is gentle to the skin, yet has good adherence.

    1. Dressings and wound infection. Lawrence JC. Am J Surg; 1994; 167:(Suppl 1A):21S-24S.

    2. Kirkland KB, Briggs JP, Trivette SL, et al. The impact of surgical-site infections in the 1990s: attribute mortality, excess length of hospitalization, and extra costs. Infect Control Hosp EpidemioL 1999;20:725-730.

    *In vitro testing shows that the transparent film dressing provides a viral barrier from viruses 27 nm in diameter or larger while the dressing remains intact without leakage.

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