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Jun 28, 2018

3M Science at APIC 2018

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3M Science at APIC 2018The biggest infection prevention conference of the year, the 45th APIC Annual Conference, was held last week right in 3M’s backyard of Minneapolis, Minnesota. We were excited to be part of the movement to advance the infection prevention efforts of facilities across the country and to help clinicians move toward reducing rates of preventable infections.

Breakfast Symposium: Reducing the Risks of CLABSI and SSI

On Friday morning, 160 APIC attendees gathered for a symposium on “Reducing the Risks of CLABSI and SSI: What Is the Evidence?” Mark Rupp, M.D., professor and chief of the division of Infectious Diseases and director of Infection Control & Epidemiology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, shared his expertise on evidence-based measures to prevent CLABSI/CRBSI. Peggy Prinz Luebbert, MS, CLS, CIC, CHSP, CSPDT, addressed interventions in preparing patients for surgery that help reduce the risk of SSI.

IP Survey: Human Factors and the Future of Infection Prevention

3M also highlighted the results from a survey of clinicians and infection preventionists (IPs), “Human Factors and the Future of Infection Prevention,” which uncovered the key challenges they face in their fight to reduce infections in their facilities.

The survey uncovered barriers that impact successful infection prevention, including a lack of adopting new technology and processes (51%), lack of senior leadership support (51%) and poor protocol compliance (50%). However, many IPs (45%) agree that their facility could prevent more infections with more high-quality data and tools. One-third of clinicians believe infections can be avoided entirely when providing care to patients.

We want to continue this conversation and find more ways to support clinicians in their fight against healthcare associated infections. Please join us July 11 for the first in a series of webinars to discuss the IP survey results.

Both the symposium and survey results emphasized the importance of preventing infections using a three-pronged approach: developing highly trained and committed people, incorporating industry standards and implementing evidence-based technology and we were excited to showcase some of our newest offerings that help clinicians in the fight to zero infections.

If you didn’t make it to the 3M booth at APIC 2018, here are some of the new product highlights:

3M™ Tegaderm™ Antimicrobial IV Advanced Securement Dressing

To better combat bloodstream infections, specifically peripheral line associated bloodstream infections (PLABSI), we introduced a new dressing to expand the 3M antimicrobial product offerings. The new dressing integrates 2% chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) throughout the adhesive to suppress skin flora regrowth on prepped skin for up to 7 days, which can offer another line of defense against contamination. It also provides site visibility, catheter securement and is designed for consistent application. A non-bordered version of the dressing called Tegaderm Antimicrobial Transparent Dressing will also be available.

3M™ Skin and Nasal Antiseptic

Studies show that  approximately 30 percent of the population are colonized with Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus), the leading cause of surgical site infections (SSIs). And, more than 80 percent of surgical site infections from S. aureus come from the patient’s own nasal flora. To combat this issue, 3M’s Skin and Nasal Antiseptic provides clinicians a simple, one-time application that reduces nasal bacteria, including S. aureus and MRSA, by 99.5 percent in just one hour and maintains this reduction for at least 12 hours. 3M’s nasal antiseptic is the only one supported by more than ten investigator-initiated clinical studies showing a reduction to the risk of SSIs.

3M™ Single-Patient Stethoscope

Leading healthcare organizations recommend using a single-patient stethoscope in isolation care settings, but the single-use stethoscopes on the market often fall short in terms of durability, sound quality and comfort. The new 3M stethoscope helps reduce the risk of cross-contamination  in isolation environments by providing clinicians a high-quality, disposable stethoscope that combines excellent sound quality and comfort to help eliminate the need to use personal stethoscopes.

3M™ Bair Hugger™ Temperature Monitoring System

Core body temperature is a vital indicator of health or illness of the acute care patient. For surgical patients, a small drop in core body temperature drop can result in unintended hypothermia (a temperature below 36.0°C), which can contribute to a number ofpreventable surgical complications. The 3M Bair Hugger™ Temperature Monitoring System is a non-invasive, consistent and easy-to-use system that accurately and continuously measures the patient’s core body temperature throughout the entire perioperative journey,  helpingclinicians proactively own the normothermic temperature zone and improve patient outcomes.

3M™ Attest™ Super Rapid Biological Indicator (BI) System for Steam and 3M™ Attest™ Auto-reader 490 and 490H units

Sterile processing professionals work to clean, disinfect, and sterilize all of the instruments that allow the perioperative staff to enter surgery prepared with the tools of their trade. 3M offers sterilization assurance solutions and expertise so the sterile processing department and your OR staff know surgical instruments are safe for patient use. Our new Attest™ Dual Auto-reader technology allows facilities to incubate both steam and Hydrogen peroxide BIs in the same auto-reader with fast 24-minute results – and is available via a free software upgrade to qualified hardware. Simplify, standardize and streamline Sterile Processing Department workflows with 3M innovation and expertise.

Jun 6, 2018

New study finds disinfecting caps help reduced PLABSI rates by 81%

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The Journal of the Association for Vascular AccessAll intravenous catheters represent a potential entry site for bacteria and the beginning of a bloodstream infection. Central lines have been vigilantly protected for many years now, even though peripheral IV lines are much more common. In fact, 200 million patients have PIVs placed each year compared to only 5 million central lines placed annually. Historically PIV lines, due to shorter wear times and placement locations have been deemed less risky. Yet, PIVs deserve to be protected just as vigilantly since any BSI, whether peripheral line-associated bloodstream infections (PLABSI) or central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI), is a major concern.

While historically PIVs have not received as much attention, a team of researchers at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis, MO set out to change that. They reduced PLABSIs by 81% during their study intervention period. That is a decrease from 0.57 to 0.11 per 1000 patient days (p<0.01). The study looked at the impact a comprehensive PIV maintenance bundle could have on reducing peripheral line-associated bloodstream infections.

They developed the bundle based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Infusion Nurses Society and Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America compendium guidelines. It included multiple components such as assessing and removing PIV catheters at the first sign of phlebitis and monitoring and changing the dressing if nonocclusive or if blood was present. Mercy Hospital had also been successfully using disinfecting caps on central lines for five years and added 3M™ Curos™ Disinfecting Cap for Needleless Connectors to the PIV catheter maintenance bundle as a preventative method. In addition, they added 3M™ Curos™ Tips Disinfecting Cap Strip for Male Luers to all disconnected IV tubing, to replace inconsistent methods of managing the intermittent tubing that had previously been used.

During the study, compliance with disinfecting cap use increased across the board:

• 89 percent compliance with disinfecting caps on PIV lines
• 84 percent compliance with disinfecting tips on disconnect IV tubing
• 94 percent compliance with disinfecting caps on central lines (up from 84 percent before intervention period)

These high compliance rates indicate that PIV maintenance bundles are easy to integrate into existing workflows and do not add extra effort to a nurse’s busy day. The findings of this study also support that a bundled approach is effective for reducing infection and can help lead a cultural shift in the healthcare community that elevates PIV standards to the level of central lines.

The results Mercy achieved by implementing PIV maintenance bundles can be replicated at other facilities. If you are interested in doing more to prevent PLABSIs, talk with your 3M representative and ask how your partner can help evaluate your current PIV bundle.