Up to 5% of patients undergoing surgery will experience the negative consequences of an SSI, including extended length of stay in hospital and impacted quality of life.1
However, around 60% of SSIs are estimated to be preventable with the use of evidence-based measures.21-23
We are committed to working as a partner in healthcare, using knowledge-based best practices and evidence-based solutions grounded in breakthrough science to reduce the risk of SSIs in your facility.
There are many opportunities through the patient’s surgical journey to make small changes that can make a big difference to clinical outcomes. We have a wide range of solutions to support clinicians in their mission to protect patients from preventable surgical site infections.
This online module will help you understand the sources and implications of SSIs to your patients.
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This easy to use module contains evidence, guidelines and solutions to help identify opportunities to reduce the risk of SSIs in your surgical patients throughout their perioperative journey.
Surgical site infections have been attributed to incompletely processed instruments.16
An undetected sterilization process failure can put patients at risk.
3M offers four opportunities to provide assurance, including equipment monitoring, load monitoring, internal and external pack monitoring.
We also have a comprehensive endoscopy monitoring solution.
Pre-operative showering, hair removal and nasal decolonization are recommended as part of the patient preparation process.6-9
3M has a range of surgical clippers with single use blades, which are recommended if hair has to be removed.6-13
Ensure a sterile field6,7 with a selection of 3M surgical drapes, gowns, masks and respirators for every clinical situation.
Disinfect skin using an alcohol-based antiseptic solution.6-11,13
Guidelines recommend if an incise drape is used, it should be iodophor impregnated.1,3 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.14,15
OR staff can complete final checks on instrument sterility using a 3M™ Comply™ SteriGage™ Chemical Indicator.
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.17
3M is dedicated to providing patient warming solutions that help to enhance patient recovery.
Why Bair Hugger?
A trusted, proven solution - we’ve been helping clinicians maintain normothermia in surgical patients for over 30 years, with unrivalled clinical evidence to support the use of Bair Hugger patient warming solutions.
Find out why Bair Hugger is designed to be different
At 3M, we provide more than products, we work as a partner with healthcare professionals, providing high quality research and educational tools to help you choose the right solution to maintain normothermia for your surgical patients.
Poor incision healing can lead to Surgical Site Complications (SSCs) such as surgical site infection (SSI), dehiscence, haematoma and seroma. Each of these complications can lead to delayed healing, increased length of stay, readmissions, reoperation and increased morbidity and mortality.24
Surgical incisions should be covered with an appropriate interactive dressing at the end of the operation.8 Close, protect and cover with 3M’s post operative care system, including 3M™ Tegaderm Absorbent Clear Acrylic Dressings.
The PREVENA™ Incision Management System is the first disposable powered negative pressure system designed specifically for the management of closed surgical incisions.
PREVENA therapy protects the incision from external contamination, helps hold incision edges together, removes fluid and infection materials, and delivers continuous negative pressure at -125mmHg for up to seven days.
3M is dedicated to partnering with you to help reduce SSIs, as well as increasing efficiency, effectiveness and patient comfort. Contact us today to find out how we can meet your needs.
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