Intravenous therapy is often the first critical intervention into a patient's body. While it is common, it is not without risk. Catheter-associated bloodstream infections (CABSIs) can be acquired at the time of the initial insertion or anytime throughout the duration of intravenous access — creating the potential for longer hospital stays¹⁻⁵, increased care costs²’⁷ and higher patient mortality⁶. Incorporating evidence-based standards to infusion therapy can help protect against the factors that may lead to increased risk of bloodstream infection.
60% of all CABSIs originate from some form of vascular access.⁵
1 in 4 patients who contract a CABSI will die.⁶
The cost to treat one CABSI averaged $45,000 USD per patient.³’⁷
The Infusion Nurses Society (INS) is a global authority on infusion therapy, setting stringent standards for practice. Every five years, INS releases updated, peer-reviewed standards that reflect the latest evidence to define and develop best practices for all clinical settings. 3M can help you stay up to date so you can help deliver better patient outcomes.
Protecting patients from CABSIs requires a commitment from the care team to methodically adhere to evidence-based standards established by well-regarded organizations such as INS, SHEA, APIC and CDC.
3M partners with you, offering a portfolio of innovative solutions to help you protect every IV catheter site — from insertion to removal — every time. From hand hygiene and skin protectant to securement devices, disinfecting caps and more, our evidence-based products can help you deliver compassionate care, protect patients, help prevent the risks of costly complications, and improve patient satisfaction.