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    Are you ready for a future without preventable SSIs? We are.

    • Reducing preventable surgical site infection video

      We're on a mission to take on preventable SSIs. While progress has been made to reduce SSIs, they still occur too frequently, in numbers that bring unnecessary suffering and a impose a heavy burden on the healthcare system. Working together, we can help you make a difference for your patients.


    By the Numbers

    • Up to 60% of SSIs are preventable

      Up to 60% of SSIs are preventable.¹

    • SSIs increase length of stay in hospitals

      SSIs increase length of stay by 7–11 days.¹

    • SSIs add up to $10 billion in healthcare costs each year

      SSIs add up to $10 billion in healthcare costs each year.²


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    • Our core competency is problem solving

      SSIs are complex problems, and complex problem solving requires big picture thinking. We’ve tackled challenges across industries—from aerospace to nanotechnology—and now we’re applying our breakthrough scientific approach to help you and your hospital fight SSIs from every angle. Learn more about what we offer below.


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    • Solutions for Sterilization Assurance – First line of defense in the fight against SSIs

      Standardize your sterilization assurance.

      Your first line of defense in the fight against SSIs with 3M Sterilization Assurance Solutions.

    • Own the Zone – practice normothermia management with 3M Bair Hugger

      Own the Zone.

      Practice proactive normothermia management with the 3M™ Bair Hugger™ Normothermia System.

    • Manage Bacteria on patient’s skin – the #1 cause of SSIs – with 3M Surgical Patient Skin Prepartion System

      Manage bacteria on a patient's skin.

      Take on the #1 cause of SSIs—contamination from the patient's own skin—with the 3M™ Surgical Patient Skin Preparation System.


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    • References

      1. Anderson D. et al. Strategies to Prevent Surgical Site Infections in Acute Care Hospitals: 2014 Update. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. 2014.

      2. Scott D. The direct medical costs of healthcare-associated infection in U.S. hospitals and the benefits of prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. March 2009. Downloaded at https://www.cdc.gov/HAI/pdfs/hai/Scott_CostPaper.pdf.


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