Information to support those on the front line of the COVID-19 pandemic
3M is responding to the rapidly changing COVID-19 outbreak by providing supplies where they are needed the most. Around the world, we are working with healthcare customers, government and medical officials to help provide critical products. 3M has increased production at our global manufacturing facilities including in the U.S., Asia Pacific, Europe and Latin America.
The COVID-19 outbreak was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) on March 11, 2020. According to the World Health Organization’s Report of the WHO-China Joint Mission on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), February 2020 (PDF, 1.48 MB), certain portions of the population are more likely to develop severe cases requiring hospitalization including: the elderly and those with underlying conditions of the lungs, heart, or immune system.
While health agencies are still learning how the disease is spread, the WHO and ECDC have recommended airborne precautions for healthcare workers for certain interactions with patients with suspected or known cases of COVID-19 ¹, ².
1. Source: World Health Organization. Infection prevention and control during health care when COVID-19 is suspected. Interim guidance, 19 March 2020.
Choosing the correct personal protective equipment (PPE) is vital to protect both clinicians and patients in high risk contamination situations. We are here to support you in selecting the most appropriate option, safeguard yourself by ensuring proper fit and using proactive skin care to help you to focus on helping your patients recover.
3M Medical is committed to supporting the public health and government response to the COVID-19 pandemic, yet we understand you may have limited in-person access to your 3M sales representative. We want to provide you with access to resources that can help solve some of these needs during this challenging time.
Whilst protecting health care workers with PPE continues to be our top priority, during times of constrained healthcare, it is important to reduce the risk of secondary complications to protect the most vulnerable patients and reduce hospital stay. We’re also here to support you by helping to reduce the risk of secondary complications and minimise inefficiencies so that you can focus on what matters most – providing care to your patients.
Keeping providers and patients safe from cross-contamination is even more important in high risk situations. Help reduce the risk of bacteria and other contaminants spreading from people, the environment and medical equipment within your facility using the information links below.
Hospitals and clinicians may need to transition patients to their homes sooner than expected to help free up hospital space and resources, and prevent healthcare practitioners and possibly at-risk patients from being exposed to viruses and other illnesses.
For some patients, access to wound care clinics or home health visits may now be disrupted. We’re here to help enable, navigate and empower continued care for your patients outside of the hospital.
To support correct usage of 3M:KCI products for skin protection, wound management and infection management please refer to some useful product resources below.