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The Science of Advanced Skin Protection

3M™ Cavilon™ Advanced Skin Protectant has a formulation unlike any other skin protectant or moisture barrier currently available, allowing you to manage damaged skin or protect at-risk skin like never before. But what makes it so different from traditional skin protectants?

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    Unique, elastomeric polymer

    3M’s polymer forms a coating with the ability to elongate or conform, avoiding the cracking that can be common with other moisture barriers. This assures greater skin barrier integrity and durability and protection against challenging irritants, such as liquid stool and gastric fluids.

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    Revolutionary polymer-cyanoacrylate system

    Unlike moisture barrier products that cannot reliably attach to underlying skin, 3M’s polymer-cyanoacrylate enables attachment to wet, weepy, damaged skin.¹ Once on the skin, 3M™ Cavilon™ Advanced Skin Protectant creates an environment that repels irritants and supports patient healing and comfort.

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    Non-stinging solvent

    The polymer-cyanoacrylate system is delivered onto the skin by a non-stinging solvent in a single-use applicator that reduces the potential for cross-contamination. Plus, 3M™ Cavilon™ Advanced Skin Protectant doesn’t require removal, making wear easier for patients and easier for clinicians.

Skin Protection Powerful Enough to Change the Standard of Care

A clear improvement on traditional treatment options for damaged or at-risk skin, 3M™ Cavilon™ Advanced Skin Protectant delivers ultimate skin protection and prevention – even under the most challenging circumstances.

  • Attaches to wet, weepy, damaged skin
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  • Creates a protective environment that repels irritants and supports healing
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  • Lasts up to 7 days and doesn’t require removal
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  • Breathable, allowing for moisture-vapor transmission that helps keep skin comfortable
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  • Single-use applicator reduces the potential for cross-contamination
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  • Provides an effective barrier, which has been shown to reduce the pain of managing IAD
    *3M™ Cavilon™ Advanced Skin Protectant is not an analgesic
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The Impact is Clear

Healthcare-acquired skin damage represents negative clinical outcomes resulting in potential complications such as infection, pain and suffering, and a poor patient experience. In addition, skin damage increases the work and cost of care. Learn why 3M™ Cavilon™ Advanced Skin Protectant is a clear improvement over traditional treatment options.

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The many uses of 3M™ Cavilon™ Advanced Skin Protectant

When you need to manage damaged or broken skin and protect at-risk skin, choose 3M™ Cavilon™ Advanced Skin Protectant. Use the slider below to learn more about the types of healthcare-acquired skin damage that you can help protect your patients against.

  • Incontinence Associated Dermatitis
    Incontinence-Associated Dermatitis

    Severe inflammation caused by liquid stool, mixed incontinence or urine, which can lead to destruction of the epidermis.

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  • Peristomal Skin Damage
    Peristomal Skin Damage

    Problem stomas, poor stoma location and high-volume output, especially that of liquid stool, can contribute to skin injury that can rapidly progress to erosion.

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  • Periwound Skin Damage
    Periwound Skin Damage

    This type of skin damage is often associated with wounds that produce large quantities of drainage, such as venous ulcers or infected wounds.

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  • Pressure Ulcer Injury
    Pressure Ulcer/Injury (PU/I)

    Localized damage to the skin and underlying soft tissue, usually over a bony prominence or related to a medical or other device. Moisture, friction and shear are accepted risk factors for pressure ulcer/ injury development.

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  • Medical Adhesive Related Skin Injury
    Medical Adhesive-Related Skin Injury (MARSI)

    Skin damage, such as stripping or maceration, related to adhesive product use.

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Finding the optimal solution for your skin integrity needs can often be confusing. 3M can help you protect patient skin like no other partner can, because we apply ingenuity to our innovations. We’re here to help guide the product selection process based on your needs and clinical challenges.

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  • (SPEECH) [MUSIC PLAYING] (DESCRIPTION) Logo, 3M. Text, Cavilon Skin Care Solutions. 3M Cavilon, Advanced Skin Protectant. Application Technique Demonstration. (SPEECH) 3M Cavilon Advanced Skin Protectant application technique demonstration. Always follow facility requirements for infection control procedures, including handwashing and glove changes. (DESCRIPTION) 3M Cavilon supplies on a surface. A gloved hand points at each item. (SPEECH) Before you begin, set up your supplies on a clean surface. You will need the following items-- 3M Cavilon No-Rinse Skin Cleanser, several non-limiting soft cloths, 3M Cavilon Advanced Skin Protectant, and two to three pairs of exam gloves. (DESCRIPTION) A person in protective gloves and a scrub opens the product beside a hospital bed. A patient is in the bed under the sheets. (SPEECH) Next, open the package of 3M Cavilon Advanced Skin Protectant and leave it in the plastic pouch. Pre-moisten several wipes with the cleanser so you don't have to touch the bottle once your gloves become soiled. Alternatively, if you are using a bathing and cleansing wipe, you can remove several wipes from the package. Next, position the patient on their side. Expose the skin adequately for cleansing, but try to keep the patient covered as much as possible for warmth and dignity. (DESCRIPTION) Pushes aside the covers and clothing of the patient and exposes their rear end. (SPEECH) If there is a lot of liquid stool, isolate it with either the soiled brief or the underpad before cleansing. (DESCRIPTION) The nurse cleanses the area and spreads the skin apart to clean. (SPEECH) Cleanse the skin thoroughly and gently with 3M Cavilon No-Rinse Skin Cleanser. If areas of denudement are present, excess serous or serosanguineous drainage may be blotted with a gauze pad if necessary. Make sure you remove all stool from the skin. If this is the first time 3M Cavilon Advanced Skin Protectant is applied, you'll need to remove all previously applied barrier ointment or paste from the skin. Gently dry areas of intact skin if needed. Again, if the affected area is severely damaged and the skin surface is quite wet, you can gently blot excess moisture with a dry, soft, non-linting cloth or a gauze pad if necessary. After cleansing, change your gloves. This step is especially important if you have cleaned up a large amount of stool so that you don't transfer soil to the skin protectant. Now you're ready to apply the product. Pick up and grasp the applicator and place your thumb at the end of the lever. While aiming the sponge end of the applicator downward, firmly depress the lever to break the internal ampoule. You will hear a snapping or popping noise when the ampoule breaks. Keep the applicator pointed in a downward position for approximately 10 seconds to allow fluid to flow into the foam sponge. The fluid flows by gravity, so it's not necessary to maintain pressure on the lever. (DESCRIPTION) A circular wet portion of the sponge. (SPEECH) Notice that it's normal for the fluid to not completely saturate the foam sponge all the way to the edges. Now you're ready to apply 3M Cavilon Advanced Skin Protectant. Gently wipe the foam sponge across the affected area. Use a light, even sweeping motion with minimal overlap of the product as you move across the skin. This helps promote the drying of the product on the skin. Avoid wiping wet fluid over areas that have not yet completely dried. There is no need to push down on the applicator during application. Additional pressure is not needed and can result in excessive wetness or pooling of fluid. To facilitate easy application, the applicator may be used in any direction. Apply the protectant to damaged areas of the skin as well as any areas of intact skin that could be exposed to stool or urine and are at risk for damage. Allow the area to dry for at least 30 seconds. If an area of skin is missed, wait until the fluid has dried completely before applying additional product. Each applicator will cover approximately 100 square inches or an area of about 10 by 10 inches. For larger patients, you may need more than one applicator. If the protectant is applied within a skin fold or an area of skin-to-skin contact, such as a gluteal cleft or groin fold, separate the skin surfaces to allow the fluid to dry completely for at least 30 seconds before allowing the skin to return to the normal position. If you're applying an adhesive dressing or tape over the skin protectant, make sure you allow the product to dry for at least one minute before applying the adhesive product. Cleanse the affected area promptly after every incontinent episode and as needed. 3M Cavilon Advanced Skin Protectant is waterproof and not removed by routine cleansing. The film will wear off and does not require removal. However, in the event you must remove the product, use an adhesive remover that contains hexamethyldisilazane, or HMDS. It is advisable to use an adhesive remover containing HMDS any time you remove an adhesive dressing or tape from an area that has been covered with 3M Cavilon Advanced Skin Protectant. It is recommended to reapply 3M Cavilon Advanced Skin Protectant two to three times per week. (DESCRIPTION) A row of squares labeled as such, SMTWTFS. (SPEECH) For best results, create an application schedule, such as a Monday, Thursday, or Tuesday, Friday for two-time per-week application, or Monday, Wednesday, Friday or Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday for three-time per-week application. More frequent application can result in product buildup on the skin. (DESCRIPTION) Text, Thank you for using 3M Products. Refer to the Cavilon Advanced Skin Protectant product insert for additional information regarding Contraindications, Precautions and Warnings For more information. Consult the package insert provided in each box. Visit 3M.com/medical. Call 1.800.228.3957 to contact your sales representative (SPEECH) This concludes our demonstration of the application technique for 3M Cavilon Advanced Skin Protectant. Please contact your 3 sales representative with questions about the product. Thank you for watching. [MUSIC PLAYING] (DESCRIPTION) Logo, 3M, Science Applied to Life.

    Clinician looking at patient in hospital setting
    Application Video

    See how applying 3M™ Cavilon™ Advanced Skin Protectant is a clearly better care experience for clinicians and patients alike.

  • Learn what to look for when caring for patients at risk for IAD — and how to differentiate Incontinence-Associated Dermatitis from pressure ulcers or injuries.

  • IAD is a challenge in acute and long-term care settings. Learn more about the importance of maintaining the skin integrity of patients at risk for IAD.


¹ Brennan, Mary R.; Milne, Catherine T.; Agrell-Kann, Marie; Ekholm, Bruce P. Clinical Evaluation of a Skin Protectant for the Management of Incontinence Associated Dermatitis: An Open-Label, Nonrandomized, Prospective Study. J of Wound, Ostomy & Continence Nursing. 2017. 44(2):172-180.

² 3M data on file. EM-05-01 3924.

³ Bliss DZ, Zehrer C, Savik K, Smith G, Hedblom E. An economic evaluation of four skin damage prevention regimens in nursing home residents with incontinence. J WOCN 2007;34(2):143-52.

⁴ Bureau of Labor Statistics. Occupational Employment Statistics for 31-1014 Nursing Assistant. (May 2015). Accessed on 5/18/2016 http://www.bls.gov/oes current/oes311014.htm

⁵ Heidegger CP; Graf S; Perneger T; Genton L; Oshima T; Pichard C. The burden of diarrhea in the intensive care unit (ICU-BD). A survey and observational study of the caregivers’ opinions and workload. Int J Nurs Stud. 2016 Jul;59:163-8