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Three keys to reducing bloodstream infection risk

At 3M, we believe protecting patients by sustaining zero IV complications is a goal every facility should have. And we want to do everything in our power to help you achieve it. So we’ve set a bold goal -- zero bloodstream infections. 

We believe there are three keys to reaching this goal: people, standards, and technology. It’s an effort that requires exacting standards of care, a commitment from the care team to methodically adhere to those standards, and technology that adds an additional layer of antimicrobial protection.

 

Stop bloodstream infections before they start

STAY INFORMED
  • Bloodstream infections are a critical issue for health care facilities around the world. And 60% of all hospital-acquired bloodstream infections originate from some form of vascular access.1   Some of the most well-known are Catheter-Related Bloodstream Infection (CRBSI) and Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection (CLABSI).


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Infection Prevention Events

  • Speaker Joe Hommes -  Free Webinar: Addressing Clinical Challenges with Peripheral Intravenous Catheter Complications

    Free Webinar: Addressing Clinical Challenges with Peripheral Intravenous Catheter Complications

    Wednesday, May 23, 2018, 2:00PM – 3:00PM EDT

    Attend this webinar to earn free CE credit! Learn from 3M Technical Service Specialist Joseph Hommes, RN, BSN, VA/BC, about the impact, incidence, and clinical considerations of peripheral IV complications. Understand how to protect peripheral IV sites and reduce risk of complications.


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Sources of vascular-associated bloodstream infections

Bloodstream infections can be acquired at the time of insertion or anytime throughout the duration of vascular access. Most happen after insertion.2 Microbes can enter the bloodstream through extraluminal or intraluminal access points.  Stay informed about best practices for preventing bloodstream infections.

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Intraluminal contamination

Results when bacteria migrates through the catheter post insertion, typically via contamination of the lumen through the catheter port.

 

Intraluminal contamination

Results when bacteria migrates through the catheter post insertion, typically via contamination of the lumen through the catheter port.

 

Extraluminal contamination

Results when bacteria originating on the surface of the skin migrates along the outside of the catheter and enters through the insertion point

Extraluminal contamination

Results when bacteria originating on the surface of the skin migrates along the outside of the catheter and enters through the insertion point

Three keys to reducing bloodstream infection risk

  • As your trusted partner in protecting patients, we share your goal of sustaining zero bloodstream infections. And we want to do everything in our power to help you achieve it.

    We believe there are three keys to reaching this goal: people, standards, and technology. It’s an effort that requires exacting standards of care, a commitment from the care team to methodically adhere to those standards, and technology that adds an additional layer of antimicrobial protection.

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Trained & committed people

Preventing bloodstream infections takes training and commitment. Learn more about 3M resources to help clinicians ensure proper protocols are followed for every patient, every time. 

  • VAS Peak

    3M™ PEAK™ Clinical Outcomes Program

    The 3M™ PEAK™ Clinical Outcomes Program gives you access to a team of 3M Clinical Specialists and a robust portfolio of tools to help you navigate IV care obstacles and implement change.

  • Health Care Academy

    3M™ Health Care Academy

    3M℠ Health Care Academy offers free, quality educational content in a flexible online format. Choose from more than 50 CE credit courses to support your professional development.

Watch these IV Care education courses and earn free CE credits

How YOU prevent CLABSI

This interactive CE course arms you with current research on how contamination occurs, and best practices for preventing CLABSI.

WATCH NOW

Current best practice standards

Many well-regarded organizations including INS, SHEA, APIC and CDC provide evidence-based standards and best practice guidelines for preventing bloodstream infections.

  • New CE Courses on 2016 Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice

    New CE Courses on 2016 Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice

    The Infusion Nurses Society recently revised its Infusion Nursing Standards of Practice. Lisa Gorski, chair of both the 2011 and 2016 INS Standards of Practice Committees, presents a two-part program to help update clinicians on the changes.

  • How 3M Solutions Align with 2016 Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice

    Interested in learning how 3M solutions align with the 2016 Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice?

    Download the 3M quick guide to the 2016 Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice.


Effective & proven technology

3M’s evidence-based products can help you deliver compassionate care, protect patient and clinician safety, help prevent the risks of costly complications, and improve patient satisfaction. 



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  • 1. Scheithauer S, Lewalter K, Schröder J, Koch A, Häfner H, Krizanovic V, Nowicki K, Hilgers RD, Lemmen SW. Reduction of central venous line-associated bloodstream infection rates by using a chlorhexidine-containing dressing. Infection. 2014 Feb 1;42(1):155-9.
  • 2. Guide to Preventing Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections. Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology. 2015.
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