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The global pandemic has changed many aspects of life around the world. The operating rooms fell silent, as you cared for those in need.

Now as you strive to perform surgery during this exceptional time, you are focusing on what matters most, keeping patients safe and restoring lives.

3M is here to help with science-centred solutions and clinical evidence-based therapies to improve efficiency, prevent complications and deliver better patient outcomes.

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3M is focused on proven solutions that protect you and your patients, so you can focus on what matters most

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As little as 10–20 minutes of pre-induction warming with the 3M™ Bair Hugger™ Normothermia System banks heat in the patient’s periphery, helping minimise reduction in core temperature caused by redistribution temperature drop¹.

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Intra-operative Patient Warming

3M™ Bair Hugger™ Normothermia System helps maintain normothermia in surgical patients, reducing the risk of complications related to inadvertent perioperative hypothermia⁷.

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Temperature Monitoring

The 3M™ Bair Hugger™ Temperature Monitoring System is a non-invasive continuous core temperature monitoring system, that has been proven to perform as accurately as a pulmonary artery catheter and other commonly used invasive systems⁶.

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Skin Antiseptic Solutions

 3M™ Duraprep™ Skin Antiseptic Solutions help protect patients against microorganisms and reduce the risk of surgical site infections.

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Hair Removal

3M™ Surgical Clippers - Raise the standard, lower the nick rate². Whatever your hospital's surgical focus, workflow needs or budget, 3M surgical clippers support a positive perioperative experience for your staff, surgeons and patients.

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Vascular Access

Every I.V. catheter and all I.V. access points present the potential for complications i.e. infection, dislodgement, skin damage. Learn about how you can secure and protect every I.V. catheter—from insertion to removal.

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Negative Pressure Wound Therapy with instillation

3M™ V.A.C. Veraflo Cleanse Choice™ Dressing, used with 3M™ Veraflo™ Therapy, helps facilitate removal of infectious material, providing a wound cleansing option when surgical debridement is delayed or is deemed inappropriate by clinicians.

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Closed Incision Negative Pressure Wound Therapy

3M™ Prevena™ Therapy is uniquely engineered to empower incision management that works to help protect patients, clinicians, practices, and hospitals from the multiple consequences of post-operative surgical site complications.

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Negative Pressure Wound Therapy with instillation

Economic models show that 3M™ Veraflo™ Therapy, compared to 3M™ V.A.C.®Therapy, could reduce the total cost of care for patients with infected or contaminated wounds through reduced time in hospital, fewer trips to the OR, and faster recovery8.

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Personal Protective Equipment

3M is committed to supporting clinicians in the safe use of personal protective equipment to protect themselves and their patients.

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Antimicrobial Incise Drapes

Evidence shows applying a 3M™ Ioban™ 2 Antimicrobial Incise Drape can reduce the risk of skin recolonisation that is associated with Surgical Site Infection (SSI)³,⁴,⁵

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Post-operative incision management

3M™ Tegaderm™ Absorbent Clear Acrylic Dressings offer a transparent barrier and extended wear time, enabling active monitoring and early intervention without disturbing the incision. Patients can shower and return to their lives.


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Sterilization Assurance

3M makes it faster and easier to obtain assurance that surgical instruments and devices have been properly sterilized.


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Environmental Cleaning Verification

Contaminated or clean? Your eye can’t tell. The 3M™ Clean-Trace™ ATP Monitoring System can provide a cleanliness result in real time and help you know with confidence that it's clean.


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Open Abdomen Negative Pressure Therapy

Take control early when managing a challenging open abdomen. 3M™ AbThera™ Advance Open Abdomen Dressing actively facilitates drawing wound edges together,⁹ minimising fascial retraction and loss of domain.¹⁰

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Preventing complications. Restoring lives.

  • SSI pathway infographic
    Reducing the risk of surgical site infections

    2-5% of patients undergoing surgery will experience negative consequences of a surgical site infection (SSI), including extended length of stay in hospital.11 However SSIs are preventable with the use of evidence-based measures.11 Download our interactive module to explore the evidence, guidelines and solutions to help identify opportunities to reduce the risk of SSIs in your surgical patients throughout their perioperative journey.


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  • Prevena therapy solutions
    Post-operative healing solutions

    Help your patients return to their lives after surgery by optimising post-operative healing. 3M’s innovative incision and wound management solutions can help in reducing the risk of complications including surgical site infections (SSI).12-20 Reducing the length of hospital stay can help lower total cost of care.11 From hospital to home, 3M innovations help solve wound healing challenges like no other, to help patients heal and get back on the road to recovery. 3M is with you every step of the way.

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Informed decisions. Continued education.

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    Support for procurement

    Discover all you need to know about patient warming, antimicrobial incise drapes and incision management to help you make informed decisions to equip your clinical colleagues in this time of need.

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    3M Health Care Academy

    Through the 3M℠ Health Care Academy you can register for courses and webinars covering topics relevant to your clinical practice.

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  • Sterilization Assurance
    Sterilization Assurance

    Surgical site infections have been attributed to incompletely processed instruments.24 An undetected sterilization process failure can put patients at risk.

    3M offers a complete solution to provide assurance to operating room and central sterilization departments, including equipment monitoring, load monitoring, internal and external pack monitoring.

    Best practice monitoring programs for sterilization cycles use all four monitoring options together routinely to ensure the maximum chance of a non-compliant sterilization cycle being identified and the surgical instruments being removed from use.

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  • Incision Management
    Incision Management

    When preparing the skin for a surgical incision, create a chemical and physical barrier around the incision site with a 3M™ Ioban™ 2 Antimicrobial Incise Drape to reduce skin recolonisation and therefore the risk of SSI.21,22

    When covering an incision for post-operative healing, 3M™ Prevena™ Therapy has been proven to help reduce surgical site complications and improve patient outcomes across multiple surgical specialties.12-20

    Learn more about 3M™ Ioban 2™ Antimicrobial Incise Drapes

    Learn more about 3M™ Prevena™ Therapy

  • Maintaining Normothermia
    Maintaining Normothermia

    Unintended hypothermia is easily preventable. Studies show that warming patients by maintaining a core temperature of 36ºC or higher, helps to improve outcomes by reducing the frequency of complications often associated with inadvertent hypothermia. The consequences of hypothermia include higher mortality rates, longer hospital stays and an increased rate of wound infection.23

    3M is dedicated to providing temperature monitoring and patient warming solutions that help to enhance patient recovery.

    Learn more about 3M™ Bair Hugger™ Normothermia Solutions

  • Open Abdomen Negative Pressure Therapy
    Open Abdomen Negative Pressure Therapy

    Take control early when managing a challenging open abdomen. 3M™ AbThera™ Advance Open Abdomen Dressing actively facilitates drawing wound edges together,9 minimising fascial retraction and loss of domain.10

    Learn more about 3M™ AbThera™ Advance Open Abdomen Dressings


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  3. Yoshimura et al. Plastic iodophor drape during liver surgery operative use of the iodophor impregnated adhesive drape to prevent wound infection during high risk surgery. World J. Surgery. 2003; 27:685-688.
  4. Rezapoor M, Tan TL, Maltenfort MG, Parvizi J. Incise draping reduces the rate of contamination of the surgical site during hip surgery: a prospective, randomized trial. J Arthroplasty. Im Druck.
  5. Bejko et al. Comparison of efficacy and cost of iodine impregnated drape vs. standard in cardiac surgery: study in 5100 patients. J Cardiovasc Trans. Res. 2015; 8:431-437.
  6. Eshraghi Y et al. An Evaluation of a Zero-Heat-Flux Cutaneous Thermometer in Cardiac Surgical Patients. Anesth Analg. 2014 Sep;119(3):543–9.
  7. Sessler DI. Mild Perioperative Hypothermia. N Engl J Med 1997; 336:1730-1737.
  8. Kim PJ, Attinger CE, Steinberg JS, et al. The Impact of Negative-Pressure Wound Therapy with Instillation Compared with Standard Negative-Pressure Wound Therapy: A Retrospective, Historical, Cohort, Controlled Study. Plast. Reconstr. Surg.2014; 133:709-716.
  9. Delgado A, Sammons A. In vitro pressure manifolding distribution evaluation of ABThera Active Abdominal Therapy System, V.A.C. Abdominal Dressing System, and Barker's vacuum packing technique conducted under dynamic conditions. SAGE Open Medicine 2016;4:2050312115624988.
  10. Cheatham ML, Demetriades D, Fabian TC et al. Prospective Study Examining Clinical Outcomes Associated with a Negative Pressure Wound Therapy System and Barker's Vacuum Packing Technique. World J Surg 2013;37:2018-2030.
  11. Anderson, D., et al. Strategies to Prevent Surgical Site Infections in Acute Care Hospitals: 2014 Update. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. 2014; 5(6), 605-627. doi:1. Retrieved from doi:1
  12. Ferrando PM, Ala A, Bussone R, Bergamasco L, Actis Perinetti F, Malan F. Closed incision negative pressure therapy in oncological breast surgery: comparison with standard care dressings. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2018 Jun 15;6(6):e1732. doi:10.1097/GOX000000000000173
  13. Pleger SP, Nink N, Elzien M, Kunold A, Koshty A, Boning A. Reduction of groin wound complications in vascular surgery patients using closed incision negative pressure therapy (ciNPT): a prospective, randomised, single-institution study. Int Wound J. 2018;15(1):75-83.
  14. Cooper HJ, Bas MA. Closed-incision negative-pressure therapy versus antimicrobial dressings after revision hip and knee surgery: a comparative study. J Arthroplasty. 2016 May;31(5):1047-1052. doi:10.1016/j.arth.2015.11.010
  15. Redfern RE, Cameron-Ruetz C, O’Drobinak SK, Chen JT, Beer KJ. Closed incision negative pressure therapy effects on postoperative infection and surgical site complication after total hip and knee arthroplasty. J Arthroplasty. 2017;32:3333-3339. doi:10.1016/j.arth.2017.06.019
  16. Newman JM, Siqueira MBP, Klika AK, Molloy RM, Barsoum WK, Higuera CA. Use of closed incisional negative pressure wound therapy after revision total hip and knee arthroplasty in patients at high risk for infection: a prospective, randomized clinical trial. J Arthroplasty. 2019 Mar;34(3):554-559e1. doi:10.1016/j.arth.2018
  17. Stannard JP, Volgas DA, McGwin G 3rd, et al. Incisional negative pressure wound therapy after high-risk lower extremity fractures. J Orthop Trauma. 2012;26(1):37‐42. doi:10.1097/BOT.0b013e318216b1e5.
  18. Grauhan O, Navasardyan A, Hofmann M, et al. Prevention of poststernotomy wound infections in obese patients by negative pressure wound therapy. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2013;145:1387-1392.
  19. Gabriel A, Sigalove S, Sigalove N, et al. The impact of closed incision negative pressure therapy on postoperative breast reconstruction outcomes. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2018 Aug; 6(8): e1880.doi:10.1097/GOX.0000000000001880
  20. Kwon J, Staley C, McCullough M, Goss S, Arosemena M, Abai B, Salvatore D, Reiter D, DiMuzio P. A randomized clinical trial evaluating negative pressure therapy to decrease vascular groin incision complications. J Vasc Surg. 2018 Dec;68(6):1744-1752. doi: 10. 1016/j.jvs.2018.05.224. Epub 2018 Aug 17. PMID: 30126781.
  21. Yoshimura et al. Plastic iodophor drape during liver surgery operative use of the iodophor impregnated adhesive drape to prevent wound infection during high risk surgery. World J. Surgery. 2003; 27:685-688.
  22. Bejko et al. Comparison of efficacy and cost of iodine impregnated drape vs. standard drape in cardiac surgery:Study in 5100 patients. J Cardiovasc Trans. Res. 2015;8:431-437.
  23. Sessler, DI. Perioperative Heat Balance. Anesth. 2000; 92: 578–596.
  24. Dancer, S.J., Stewart, M., Coulombe, C., et al., Surgical site infection linked to contaminated surgical instruments, Journal of Hospital Infection, 2012;81(4):231-238.

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