Vascular Access

How to stop bloodstream infections before they start

  • Reducing infection risk at all access points

    Every I.V. site presents the potential for infection, dislodgement, skin damage, and other complications. These complications can cause patient discomfort and pain, extended hospital stays, additional therapy and surgical intervention - even increased patient mortality.

    3M science has allowed for unique innovations that give you what you need to secure and protect every I.V. catheter—from insertion to removal.

    Our broad portfolio makes it easy for you to choose and use the right products: from transparent barrier films and securement devices, to antimicrobial dressings and disinfecting caps.

    We can help you deliver compassionate care with evidence based solutions to protect patient and clinician safety, help prevent the risks of costly complications and improve patient satisfaction.

  • Stop Bloodstream Infections Before They Start

    Stop Bloodstream Infections Before They Start

    As your partner in protecting patients, we want to do everything in our power to help you achieve your goal of zero bloodstream infections. Learn more about free educational resources and evidence-based products to help you stop bloodstream infections before they start.

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    Educate yourself and your team on different types of catheter and anatomical placement. Access free courses now from the 3MSM Health Care Academy.


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Sources of vascular associated bloodstream infections

Bloodstream infections can be acquired at the time of insertion or anytime throughout the duration of vascular access. Most happen after insertion.2 Microbes can enter the bloodstream through extraluminal or intraluminal access points. Stay informed about best practices for preventing bloodstream infections.

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  • Intraluminal contamination

    Results when bacteria migrates through the catheter post insertion, typically via contamination of the lumen through the catheter port.

     

    Extraluminal contamination

    Results when bacteria originating on the surface of the skin migrates along the outside of the catheter and enters through the insertion point.

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    Three keys to reducing bloodstream infection risk

    • As your trusted partner in protecting patients, we share your goal of sustaining zero bloodstream infections. And we want to do everything in our power to help you achieve it.

      We believe there are three keys to reaching this goal: people, standards and technology. It’s an effort that requires exacting standards of care, a commitment from the care team to methodically adhere to those standards and technology that adds an additional layer of antimicrobial protection.

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    Trained & committed people

    Preventing bloodstream infections takes training and commitment. Learn more about 3M resources to help clinicians ensure proper protocols are followed for every patient, every time.

    • Complications of Peripheral & Central Lines

      Complications of Peripheral & Central Lines

      This module will provide an overview of some of the more common complications associated with catheters and will discuss methods necessary to prevent, recognise and respond to them should they occur.

    • Catheter Types & Anatomical Placement

      Catheter Types & Anatomical Placement

      This 20-30 minute module will provide you with the information on the different types of Vascular Access Devices (VADs) and how they are best used.


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    Current best practice standards

    Many well regarded organisations provide evidence based standards and best practice guidelines for preventing bloodstream infections.

    • National Evidence-Based Guidelines for Preventing Healthcare-Associated Infections

      Epic3: National Evidence-Based Guidelines for Preventing Healthcare-Associated Infections

      Consider the use of a 2% chlorhexidine-impregnated sponge or gel dressing in adult patients with a central venous catheter as a strategy to reduce catheter related bloodstream infection.1

    • NICE Accreditation, Medical technologies guidance (2015)

      NICE Accreditation, Medical technologies guidance (2015)

      The 3M™ Tegaderm™ CHG I.V. Securement Dressing should be considered for use in critically ill adults who need a central venous or arterial catheter in intensive care or high dependency units.2


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    Effective & proven technology

    3M’s evidence based products can help you deliver compassionate care, protect patient and clinician safety, help prevent the risks of costly complications and improve patient satisfaction.


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    References

    • 1. Loveday H.P et al epic3: revised recommendation for intravenous catheter and catheter site care. Journal of Hospital Infection (Guideline addendum) 92 (2016) 346-348, 2016
      2. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), Medical technologies guidance (MTG25), July 2015


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