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Jul 30, 2018

Tegaderm 35 to Know: Alicia Lizzi, RN

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Alicia Lizzi, RN, Coordinator, Infection Control Committee, Capital Federal, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Many clinicians, thought leaders and brand champions have made positive impacts in the areas of IV and wound care. In honor of the 35th anniversary of the Tegaderm™ brand, 3M recognizes 35 of these individuals who have positively impacted patient care. Alicia Lizzi, RN, from Argentina received this honor for her efforts in infection reduction.

When Lizzi entered the nursing field 35 years ago, infection prevention was not a specialty that had been explored in Argentina. Since then, she has elevated the topic through the two infection control organizations she founded.

“I’m thankful for my infection prevention colleagues who never put a ceiling on progress and professional development,” said Lizzi.

She has also served on an advisory committee that brought together more than 100 hospitals across the country to address infection reduction. Beyond leadership roles, Lizzi helps educate and train young professionals in the infection prevention field.

Lizzi has also authored many pieces on the topic of vascular access across Argentina. Check out her most recent publications:

  • Jokić, R. CVC Care and Maintenance After Insertion. Received first prize at the WoCoVA 2016 Film Festival. 2016; Lisbon.
  • Jokić, R., Lipovšek, B. Toksična epidermalna nekroliza, zdravljenje in oskrba ran v kirurški intenzivni terapiji: prispevek na konferenci – Zbornik predavanj strokovnega srečanja. 2010; 117-124.
Jul 27, 2018

Tegaderm 35 to Know: Agnieszka Kopiczko, RN

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Agnieszka Kopiczko, RN, Gdansk, Pomerania Voyevodship, Poland

In honor of the 35th anniversary of the Tegaderm™ brand, 3M is celebrating 35 clinicians, thought leaders and pioneers who have positively impacted patient outcomes around the world. We’re calling them the Tegaderm™ Brand 35 to Know

This week, we recognize Agnieszka Kopiczko, RN, for her efforts to seek out and lead important initiatives to improve patient safety and outcomes in the IV care space.

Kopiczko is a registered nurse from Poland with more than 24 years of clinical expertise. She led a charge to update her clinic’s protocols around the insertion and maintenance of central venous catheters after she discovered a sudden and rapid increase of Catheter-Related Bloodstream Infections (CRBSIs) among bone marrow transplant patients at her clinic. This initiative has resulted in a 38 percent reduction in CRBSI rates and a 100 percent reduction in skin injuries at insertion sites.

To learn more about how you can prevent bloodstream infections, visit 3M.com/IVProtect.

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.

Apr 17, 2018

Understanding Transmission-Based Precautions and recommended practices

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Patients in isolation are among the most infectious, and the most vulnerable. By understanding the different types of isolation precautions and when to apply them, we can help improve patient safety and outcomes.

Standard Precautions prevent the transmission of infection from patient to patient as well as patient to healthcare providers.  Standard Precautions include hand hygiene, use of gloves, gown, mask, eye protection and safe injection practices.1

In addition to Standard Precautions, Transmission-Based Precautions can be implemented when Standard Precautions won’t interrupt the route of transmission.  Usually, a patient is placed in Transmission-Based Precautions when there is a known infection or if the patient is colonized.2

There are three main transmission based precautions: contact, droplet and airborne.2  Each precaution has recommendations for healthcare settings to follow.  It is important to note that more than one Transmission-Based Precaution may be used on one patient and all of these precautions are in addition to Standard Precautions.2

Contact Precautions:

Contact Precautions are implemented when the infectious agent is spread by direct or indirect contact with the patient or the patient’s environment.2  The CDC recommends placing the patient in a single room, and health care providers entering the room should wear a gown and gloves for all interactions.2  Examples of conditions requiring contact precautions are Clostridium Difficile (C diff), Vancomycin-resistant Enterococci (VRE), Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), and Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA).  For contact precautions, the CDC strongly recommends using disposable noncritical patient-care equipment or implement patient-dedicated equipment.2  Other organizations including the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) and the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) created a summary of strategies to prevent Healthcare associated infections (HAIs) including Clostridium difficile (CDI) and MRSA.  These summaries state that “dedicated equipment should be readily available for healthcare providers (e.g., stethoscopes)” and to use “dedicated patient care equipment and items.” 3,4

Droplet Precautions:

When the infectious agent is spread by contact through close respiratory or mucous membrane contact with respiratory secretions, Droplet Precautions are implemented.2  Placing the patient in a single room and having visitors and healthcare providers wear a mask are recommended practices for Droplet Precautions.2  Common conditions requiring Droplet Precautions include the influenza virus, pertussis, and mumps.

Airborne Precautions

Airborne Precautions are implemented when the infectious agent is small enough to remain suspended in the air.2  Patients should be placed in a single room with negative air flow and healthcare providers should wear respirators when caring for these patients.2  Tuberculosis, measles and chickenpox are examples of conditions requiring airborne precautions.2

It is important to note that the CDC states “In all healthcare settings, providing patients who are on Transmission-Based Precautions with dedicated non-critical medical equipment (e.g., stethoscope, blood pressure cuff, electronic thermometer) has been beneficial for preventing transmission.”2

It is the responsibility of the entire healthcare delivery team to provide appropriate resources to follow these recommended practices to keep patients and healthcare providers safe.