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Preventing Infections in Intensive Care Units

The global pandemic has had a significant impact on Intensive Care Units (ICU). You experienced higher risks while caring for critically ill patients, bringing an even greater focus on the importance of preventing infections.

Each day you continue to step up to the challenge of helping to reduce the risk of transmission of viruses and bacteria at your facility.

3M is here to help you with science-based and clinically proven solutions to help you to improve efficiency, prevent infections and improve outcomes for your patients.

Reflection on CRBSI prevention through the lens of the Covid-19 health crisis.

Hear from Dr Eggimann (expert on Intensive Care and Infection Prevention at the University Hospital CHUV, Lausanne, Switzerland) on the importance of maintaining ICU protocols for prevention of Catheter Related Blood-stream Infection (CRBSI) in the pandemic setting.

Resources for current infection prevention and control challenges.

You’ve had to get creative in your approach to infection prevention and control and find ways to do more with less. We continue to add new resources, education and information to help you navigate the ever-evolving dynamics of pandemic response.

  • Surgeon in PPE
    Your well being matters

    With your limited time, the pandemic continues to ask you to do things that previously seemed unimaginable. Emotions are high. Burnout is real.
    It is important that you take care of yourself before you help others.
    3M offers resources to promote safety and well-being for intensive care teams.

  • Staff with resipratory protection in ICU
    Preventing infections in ICU

    Preventing infections of critically ill patients is more important than ever and every patient is treated as high risk.
    While the source of infections vary, one common source of transmission is cross or residual contamination from medical equipment, instruments and supplies.

    3M provides science-based solutions reducing the risk of blood stream infections and surgical site infections, as well as help reducing the spread of contamination.

  • Health Care Academy
    Practice and education

    Preventing infections takes training and commitment of the entire team. We are here to support you and your team with the most recent practices and recommendations in the field of infection prevention.

Practice and education

  • Dr Eggiman webinar photo
    Evidence based ICU protocols for prevention of CRBSI and their maintenance during pandemic crisis

    Live Webinar - 30th September (60 mins)

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  • CIP Recommendation to support practice
    Recommendations to support practice

    Reduce CR-BSI during COVID-19 pandemic.

    Recent guidelines on the CRBSI prevention
    Expert opinion

  • Health Care Academy
    Education tailored for you

    We are here to support you with relevant education to support you in protecting your patients. Explore our range of webinars from experts in your field.
    3M℠ Health Care Academy, you can register for educational courses and webinars covering topics relevant to your clinical practice.

    3M℠ Health Care Academy

  • Site Protection, Securement and Skin Integrity: Skin Care Considerations for Vascular Access
    Site Protection, Securement and Skin Integrity: Skin Care Considerations for Vascular Access

    Site protection, securement and skin integrity are the main topics covered including skin care considerations for vascular access.

  • BSI: Addressing Clinical Challenges with Extraluminal Contamination
    BSI: Addressing Clinical Challenges with Extraluminal Contamination

    This module addresses the clinical challenges with catheter maintenance with a focus on extraluminal contamination​.

  • BSI: Addressing Clinical Challenges with Intraluminal Contamination
    BSI: Addressing Clinical Challenges with Intraluminal Contamination

    This module addresses the clinical challenges with catheter maintenance with a focus on intraluminal contamination​.

Your wellbeing matters

MSD Covid-19 Webinar Modules

  • patient check up with PPE
    How to ensure the safe use of respirators in clinical settings.
  • patient washing hands
    How to protect your skin when delivering care.

Preventing Infections in Intensive Care Units

Guidelines and protocols have evolved rapidly to address sources of contamination and pathogens that may lead to infection. We take a holistic approach to reducing the risk of infection, and work with you to identify and help protect against the vulnerabilities for your patients and staff, clinical environment and practice. Select each hotspot to learn more.


Focus on people as reservoirs and ways infectious agents move among and within people: portals of entry and exit and the mode of transmission.

  • Respiratory tract
  • Skin
  • Incisions/wounds
  • Catheters/tubes
  • Mucous membranes
  • Body fluids
  • Aerosols.

Reduce the risk of infection by incorporating evidence-based protocols and training staff on guidelines and best practices.

  • Guidelines and protocols
  • Clinical education
  • Staff training
  • Assessment and audits
Equipment & Environment

Reduce the risk of contamination and transmission in high-risk patient care areas and multi-patient use instruments and devices.

  • Medical equipment, instruments and supplies
  • Environmental surfaces

Preventing Infections in Intensive Care Units

  • Med staff respiratory protection
    Reducing the risk of blood stream infections

    60% of hospital-acquired bloodstream infections originate from some form of vascular access. 1 out of 5 patients1 who contract a CLABSI will die. Hospitalisation of infected patients prolongs their length of stay and significantly increases the cost of care.
    However, 65-70% of CRBSIs are preventable2 with implementation of clinically proven solutions.

  • Operating room PPE
    Reducing the risk of surgical site infections

    Up to 5% of patients undergoing surgery will experience negative consequences of an SSI3, including extended length of stay in hospital4. However around 60% of SSIs are preventable with the use of evidence-based measures5-7.

Our 3M specialists are ready to help you and talk about your current infection prevention challenges. We’re here for you.



  1. Cassini A et al. Burden of Six Healthcare-Associated Infections on European Population Health: Estimating Incidence-Based Disability-Adjusted Life Years through a Population Prevalence-Based Modelling Study. PLoS Med. 2016 Oct 18;13(10):e1002150.
  2. Septimus EJ, Moody J. Prevention of device-related healthcare-associated infections [version 1; referees: 2 approved]. F1000Research. 2016; 5(F1000 Faculty Rev):65. doi: 10.12688/f1000research.7493.1
  3. Smyth ET et al. (2008) Four Country Healthcare Associated Infection Prevalence Survey 2006: Overview of the results. Journal of Hospital Infection; 69:230–48.
  4. Coello R, et al. (2005) Adverse impact of surgical site infections in English hospitals J. Hosp. Infect 60: 93–103.
  5. Meeks DW, Lally KP, Carrick MM et al. Compliance with guidelines to prevent surgical site infections: As simple as 1-2-3? Am J Surg 2011; 201(1):76–83.
  6. Anderson, Deverick J., et al. Strategies to Prevent Surgical Site Infections in Acute Care Hospitals: 2014 Update. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. 2014; 35(6): 605–627
  7. Umscheid CA, Mitchell MD, Doshi JA et al. Estimating the proportion of healthcare-associated infections that are reasonably preventable and the related mortality and costs. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiology 2011; 32(2):101–114.

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