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Preventing Infections in Intensive Care Units

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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.

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Preventing infections in ICU
Preventing Infections in ICU

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Evidence based ICU protocols for prevention of CRBSI and their Maintenance during pandemic crisis

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    COVID-19 has impacted us all and especially the ICUs.

    As you address new challenges in reducing the infection risk, we can partner with you to help prevent CRBSIs, improve outcomes and increase patient safety.

    With an expert in the field, we present clinical best practice on how to develop and maintain ICU protocols for prevention of CRBSI even in the pandemic setting.

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Recent guidelines on the CRBSI prevention

Support your practice and reduce catheter related bloodstream infections during COVID-19 pandemic.

Read through the recent guideline response to COVID-19 on the CRBSI prevention.


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.

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    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 education courses and webinars covering topics relevant to your clinical practice.

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    Recommendations to support practice

    Reduce CR-BSI during COVID-19 pandemic.

    Expert opinion

Protecting healthcare professionals in the ICU

The global pandemic has put enormous pressure on healthcare workers and carers. It is important that you take care of yourself in order to help others. 3M webinar modules promote safety and well-being for clinicians and patient in the Intensive Care Units.

  • How to implement an effective PPE program in the ICU?
    How to implement an effective PPE program in the ICU?
  • Personal Protective Equipment in the ICU
    Personal Protective Equipment in the ICU

Your wellbeing matters

Preventing Infections in Intensive Care Units

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

    60% of hospital-acquired blood stream 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.


  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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