Vascular Access

Stop bloodstream infections before they start

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  • Reducing Infection Risk At All Access Points

    Every I.V. site prevents 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.

Protect your most vulnerable patients

  • IV Dressing

    In Europe, central venous catheters cause an estimated 20,000 Catheter-Related Bloodstream Infections (CRBSIs) per year1 resulting in around 2,300 deaths in ICU patients each year.2 Given an estimated cost of care of CRBSI of up to £9,900 per patient,3 CRBSIs add almost £200 million in cost annually to the European healthcare system.

    3M™ Tegaderm™ Chlorhexadine Gluconate (CHG) I.V. Securement Dressings are proven to reduce CRBSIs in patients with central venous and arterial catheters by 60%.4

Security matters to you and your patients

  • Securement

    Providing exceptional I.V. site care is a tough job. You're expected to ensure I.V. sites are stable and secure, manage the risks of healthcare-acquired infections and provide a positive patient experience, all in a cost-effective manner.

    The Royal College of Nursing Standards for Infusion Therapy5 recommends that healthcare professionals consider the use of an engineered stabilisation device for the stabilisation of CVCs, and particularly midlines and PICCs.

    3M™ Tegaderm™ PICC/CVC Securement System secures and preserves the integrity of devices, minimises movement, prevents catheter dislodgement and may reduce the risk of infection for intravascular catheters.

Effective and flexible securement

  • Bloodstream Infections

    3M™ Tegaderm™ I.V. Advanced Securement Dressings include a deep notch, stabilisation border and dual adhesive technology to provide the comfort and protection your patients deserve. The highly breathable film provides a firm hold and gentle release, even in moist conditions. The semipermeable film backing is impermeable to liquids, bacteria and viruses* yet water vapour, oxygen and carbon dioxide can easily escape. The sterile film includes a latex free hypoallergenic adhesive enabling long wear time and full site visibility to minimise unneccessary dressing changes.

    These dressings meet the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and INS (Infusion Nurses Society) definitions as a catheter securement of stabilisation device.6,7

    *In vitrotesting shows that the transparent film provides a viral barrier from viruses 27nm in diameter or larger while the dressing remains intact without leakage.

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    1. European Markets for Vascular Access Devices iData Research 2014.
    2. Soufir et al. Attributable mortality rate of 11.5%, Ziegler 2012; Renaud and Brun-Buisson 2001; 1999.
    3. The 3M Tegaderm CHG IV securement dressing for central venous and arterial catheter insertion sites (2015) NICE medical technologies guidance MTG25.
    4. Timsit JF, Mimoz O, Mourvillier B, et al. Randomized Controlled Trial of Chlorhexidine Dressing and Highly Adhesive Dressing for Preventing Catheter-related Infections in Critically Ill Adults. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. 2012; 186: 1272-1278.
    5. Royal College of Nursing, Standards for infusion, 4th edition December 2016, ISBN: 978-1-910672-70-9
    6. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Guidelines for the Prevention of Intravascular Catheter-Related Infections, 2011. Available at:
    7. Infusion Nurses Society (INS). Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice. INS; 2016.

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