More than thirty years ago, 3M introduced the first 3M™ Tegaderm™ I.V. Dressings. Since then, we’ve collaborated with health care professionals around the world to develop products that simplify and improve care practices, continually expanding the range of options within the Tegaderm™ Dressings portfolio.
Every day, we are inspired by everything health care professionals do to give patients the best possible care. So as new technologies have emerged and new advances achieved, we’ve applied them to transparent dressings, resulting in a broad portfolio of I.V. site dressings that help improve patient outcomes and provide excellent value.
Choose 3M™ Tegaderm™ I.V. Securement Dressings with an integrated antimicrobial chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) gel pad to help reduce the risk of contamination from flora on the surface of the skin.1
Use 3M™ Curos™ Disinfecting Port Protectors to disinfect and protect needleless connectors and male-luer devices to help reduce the risk of contaminants from entering the catheter post-insertion.
Choose 3M™ PICC/CVC Securement Device + Tegaderm™ I.V. 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.2,3
In vivo testing comparing the mean pull force required to dislodge an inserted CVC catheter with various securement devices, showed the 3M™ PICC/CVC Securement System could withstand significantly higher pull force (more than 1.5 times more than sutures) than a competitive securement dressing or sutures.2
3M™ Tegaderm™ I.V. Advanced Securement Dressings include a deep notch, stabilization border, and dual adhesive technology to provide the comfort and protection your patients deserve. These dressings meet the CDC and INS definitions of a catheter securement or stabilization device.4,5
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 implanted ports or the incisions of newly implanted ports, 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.
* In vitro testing shows that the transparent film provides a viral barrier from viruses 27 nm in diameter or larger while the dressing remains intact without leakage.
Tegaderm™ CHG Introductory Video
With over 30 educational courses specific to I.V. Site care, many for CE credits and all offered free-of-charge, 3M Health Care Academy is a great source of practical, educational content in a contemporary, flexible format.
1. 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.
2. Rutledge, et al. Catheter securement systems: comparison of two investigational devices to a sutureless securement device, a securement dressing, and sutures in a pig model. Intensive Care Medicine Experimental (2015) 3:24.
3. 3M Data on file (#012858).
4. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Guidelines for the Prevention of Intravascular Catheter-related Infections. Healthcare Infection Control (Appendix 1). Clin Infect Dis, 2011; 52(9):e162.
5. Alexander M. et al. Infusion Nursing Standards of Practice. Journal of Infusion Nursing, (2011) Vol. 34, no 1S.