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  • We understand you're balancing many priorities including patient and staff respiratory protection, inventory and staffing challenges, and managing patient flow. Treating every patient with the highest level of care is more important now than ever. Addressing risk by implementing standardized practices around evidence-based protocols for every patient will help reduce the risk of complications. Complications that can reduce your efficiency, and that may impact other consequences including access, quality, and cost of patient care.
    3M is here to help with science-centered solutions and clinically efficacious therapies, so you can focus on what matters most.

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Meet 3M™ SoluPrep™ S Sterile Antiseptic Solution
chlorhexidine gluconate (2% w/v) and isopropyl alcohol (70% v/v)
Patient Preoperative Skin Preparation


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Treating every patient with evidence-based solutions can help:

  • Reduce complications
  • Optimize patient flow
  • Reduce costs due to additional treatment
  • Decrease readmissions

You're Why.

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    As a Perioperative nurse, you’re why so many things go right for your teams and your patients. But your why, the reason for all you do—is just as important as what you do. We want to highlight what pushes you, to tell the untold stories of your career. When it comes to providing such needed care, what’s your why?

3M supports you with clinically-proven solutions to protect you and your patients.

Click on the hot spots to learn more about 3M solutions from patient preparation through surgical intervention and patient recovery.

  • Patient Preparation - Surgical Intervention - Patient Recovery
Nasal Decolonization
3M™ Skin and Nasal Antiseptic reduces nasal bacteria, including S. aureus by 99.5%, in just one hour to help reduce the risk of surgical site infection (SSI) when part of a comprehensive preoperative protocol.
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3M™ Avagard™ Surgical Hand Antiseptic

As the #1 surgical hand antiseptic in the U.S., Avagard CHG kills a broad spectrum of microbes including antibiotic-resistant strains, and is proven to provide a greater than 99% microbial kill in 15 seconds.3,4

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Temperature Monitoring

You cannot efficiently manage what you do not accurately measure.5 Get consistent, accurate, continuous, connected, non-invasive core temperature monitoring from a sensor on the skin’s surface.

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Skin Antisepsis

3M™ DuraPrep™ Surgical Patient Preoperative Skin Preparation provides both rapid bacterial kill and long lasting antimicrobial persistence that resists wash-off and maintains persistence for up to 48 hours.6

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Vascular Access

CRBSIs can lead to 12-24 more days of hospitalization and CLABSIs cost an average of $45,000 per patient.7,8

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Antimicrobial drapes

3M™ Ioban™ 2 Antimicrobial Incise Drape provides continuous broad-spectrum antimicrobial activity to help reduce the risk of surgical site contamination that may be associated with surgical site infection.

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Respiratory Protection

The right respiratory protection is important to protect yourself and your patients.

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NPWT with Instillation

Economic models show that V.A.C. VERAFLO™ Therapy, compared to V.A.C.® Therapy, may help reduce the total cost of care for patients with infected or contaminated wounds through reduced length of hospital stay, trips to the OR, and length of therapy.9

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Incision Management

PREVENA™ Therapy aids in reducing the incidence of seroma and aids in reducing the incidence of superficial surgical site infections in Class I and Class II wounds.

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Forced-Air Warming

Even a minor drop in core body temperature can result in unintended hypothermia, a common, yet preventable complication associated with an increased risk of SSI, longer length of hospital stay, and other costly, potentially deadly consequences.5,10

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  • Effective nasal decolonization supported by data

    As part of a comprehensive preoperative protocol, 3M™ Skin and Nasal Antiseptic is an important tool to help reduce the risk of SSIs while supporting antibiotic stewardship. Help protect your surgical patients with the only evidence-based solution supported by ten investigator-initiated clinical studies.

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  • The importance of patient warming

    Read the latest response from 3M related to the ongoing importance of warming surgical patients even during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • Continuing Education

    Through the 3M℠ Health Care Academy, you can register for free webinars covering topics relevant to your clinical practice. Register for upcoming webinars, and access archives from recently conducted events.

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  • 1.Phillips M., et al. Preventing Surgical Site Infections: A Randomized, Open-Label Trial of Nasal Mupirocin Ointment and Nasal Povidone-Iodine Solution. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2014;35(7):826-32
    2.Bebko S., et al. Effect of a Preoperative Decontamination Protocol on Surgical Site Infections in Patients Undergoing Elective Orthopedic Surgery with Hardware Implantation. JAMA Surg, Published online March 04, 2015. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2014.3480
    3.Per HPIS Data as of 03/2011.
    4.Data on file (LIMS 8257), 3M Health Care. AORN is a registered trademark of AORN, Inc. AORN does not endorse any commercial company’s products or services."
    5.Sessler DI. Mild Perioperative Hypothermia. N Engl J Med 1997; 336:1730-1737.
    6.Stahl JB, Morse D, Parks PJ. Resistance of antimicrobial skin preparations to saline rinse using a seeded bacteria model. Am J Infect Control. 2007;35:367-73.
    7.Zimlichman E, Henderson D, Tamir O, et al. Health care-associated infections: A meta-analysis of costs and financial impact on the US health care system. JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(22):2039-2046.
    8.Blot SI, Depuydt P, Annemans L, et al. Clinical and economic outcomes in critically ill patients with nosocomial catheter-related bloodstream infections. Clin Infect Dis. 2005;41(11):1591-8.
    9.Gabriel A, et al, Use of negative pressure wound therapy with automated, volumetric instillation for the treatment of extremity and trunk wounds: clinical outcomes and potential cost-effectiveness, Eplasty, 2014; 14:341.
    10.Melling AC, Ali B, Scott EM, Leaper DJ. Effects of preoperative warming on the incidence of wound infection after clean surgery: a randomised controlled trial. The Lancet. 2001 Sep 15;358(9285):876-80.
    11. Olson L, Morse D, Paulson J, Bernatchez S. Evaluation of Incise Drape Lift Using 2%Chlorhexidine Gluconate/ 70% Isopropyl Alcohol Preoperative Skin Preparations in a Human Volunteer Knee Model. 2022;15:24-28.
    12. 3M Data on File. TECH-REPORT-05-943704, EM-05-014753, EM-05-014733.
    13. 3M Data on File.EM-05-014815.
    14. 3M Data on File. DC-VER-05-726184, TECH-REPORT-05-742505,TECH-REPORT-05-757564.
    †Compared to skin prepped with ChloraPrep® with 3M™ Ioban™ 2 Antimicrobial Incise Drapes in a simulated knee surgery model, 2019.

    ¶Compared to ChloraPrep®, 2021.