Think skin first. Think skin deeper.

It's time to put skin at the center of care. 

  • Skin is one thing we all have in common. It’s the identity we share with the world. It’s also a guide that can inform assessment and influence care. When we start with skin, we make a different commitment to the people we serve – one that considers health from the outside in, not just the inside out. It’s time to look beyond the surface of skin. To treat it differently. It’s time to think skin deeper.

Upcoming events

What would happen if we thought about skin differently? How can skin be your secret superpower in care? Explore these questions and more during our new multi-part webinar series on the science of skin management.

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    Browse upcoming 3M webinars

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

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    Learn More About the State of Skin

    View past webinars from the series that explore the science of skin in more depth, including topics such as safe securement to skin, maintaining skin integrity, repairing injured skin and helping prevent infection.

    State of Skin – Elevating the Science of Skin Management

    Skin is a window to who we are as people. As the largest organ in the body, skin is critical to the maintenance of our bodies and health. When it’s damaged, skin can negatively impact our psychological and physical health. Hear as Patrick Parks, MD, PhD, and Matthew Cooper, MD, explore elevating the importance of skin when delivering care.

    Safe Securement to Skin: Thinking Differently About Medical Tape and it's Impact on Patient Outcomes

    Throughout care settings, there is a perception that “tape is tape” – that there isn’t much to it. If it sticks and does its job, there really isn’t a need for more understanding, right? Actually, there is much more to medical tape than you may think. Denise Ziemann RN, BSN, and Kimberly Schommer RN, BSN, VA-BC, breakdown how a novel approach to thinking about medical tape can help reduce complications, provide insight into factors that influence appropriate tape selection and translate to improved patient, clinical and financial outcomes.

    Real Talk About Pressure Injuries: Why Are We Still Struggling With Prevention?

    Even with structured programs, early intervention and better reporting, some facilities still struggle with pressure injury (PI) prevention - but why? Jessica Pehrson, RN, MSN, CWS, answers that question by outlining common areas where PI diagnosis, treatment and prevention often come up short despite the latest global efforts to determine root causes and expanding clinical recommendations for assessment and management. She also shares practical tips - from education and training to product selection - that may help reduce the risk of PI in your facility.

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Transforming Outcomes

Explore how science and innovation are transforming the healthcare industry.

The State of Skin.
State of skin: Elevating the science of skin management

This new report examines some of the most serious threats facing skin and provides insights into these essential care objectives:

  • Maintain skin integrity
  • Safe securement to skin
  • Repair injured skin
  • Help prevent infection

Discover the ways patients, clinicians, facilities and device engineers can make the shift to skin-centric practices.

  • Life with an Ostomy questions and answers with Amber Wallace
    Life with an Ostomy – Q&A with Amber Wallace

    When the skin around her stoma became so painful and irritated she was ready to give up, this patient became her own advocate and discovered a 3M barrier film that “changed her life”.

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    3 Essential Factors for Reducing Vascular Access Risk

    See how highly trained people, industry standards and evidence-based technology can help support an effective vascular access infection prevention program.

  • Use of adhesives in the medical device industry. How to select the right adhesive for your application.
    Use of Adhesives in the Medical Device Industry - How to Select the Right Adhesive for Your Application

    Learn about the challenges and appropriate questions that need to be addressed when selecting an adhesive for the skin to allow for successful device securement.

  • Maintaining patient skin integrity requires id. of knowlege, practice and product gaps
    Maintaining Patient Skin Integrity Requires Identification of Knowledge, Practice and Product Gaps

    Discover how the University of Chicago Medicine’s skin integrity program was able to reduce pressure ulcers/injuries by a remarkable 83%.

Count on 3M for skin-focused solutions and resources for these essential care objectives.

Learn more about the complex conditions that can have a serious impact on health.

  • MARSI is skin damage that occurs when medical adhesives aren’t selected, applied and/or used properly.

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  • Incontinence-Associated Dermatitis (IAD), one of the most common types of MASD, is a painful, problematic skin injury that results from exposure to urine or feces.

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  • A PU/I is localized damage to the skin and/or underlying soft tissue, usually over a bony prominence or related to a medical or other device.

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  • A VLU is an open lesion that usually occurs on the medial side of the lower leg between the ankle and the knee – caused by chronic venous insufficiency and venous hypertension.

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  • BSIs can be acquired at the time of insertion or anytime throughout the duration of vascular access, making them a critical issue for healthcare facilities everywhere.

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  • 1Farris, MK, Petty M, Hamilton J, Walters SA, Flynn MA. Medical Adhesive-Related Skin Injury Prevalence Among Adult Acute Care Patients: A Single-Center Observational Study. Journal of Wound Ostomy & Continence Nursing (2015) 42(6): 589-598.
    2CDC Vital Signs. Making Healthcare Safer: Reducing bloodstream infections. March 2011.
    3Sen CK, Gordillo GM, Roy S, Kirsner R, Lambert L, Hunt TK,Gottrup F, Gurtner GC, Longaker MT. Human Skin Wounds: A Major and Snowballing Threat to Public Health and the Economy. Wound Repair Regen. (2009); 17(6): 763–771.