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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.

Aug 2, 2016

3M™ Skin and Nasal Antiseptic effectively reduces S. aureus in the nares.

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S. aureus, nasal decolonization

Photo credit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

How can you, as a health care provider select an effective skin antiseptic product?

How can you help reduce the risk of surgical site infection for each of your patients?

And how can you do all this in a cost-effective way?

We know that surgical skin prepping is a critical step in reducing the risk of surgical site infection – but it may not be enough. There is rising concern that surgical site infections can be caused by bacteria in the nares of surgical patients and colonization with Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) is a well-documented risk factor. By reducing S. aureus in the nares before surgery, we can help reduce the risk of surgical site infection and other complications.

This is why we at 3M have developed an innovative product to reduce bacteria in the nares – 3M™ Skin and Nasal Antiseptic, (Povidone-Iodine Solution 5% w/w [0.5 available iodine] USP) Patient Preoperative Skin Preparation. Our product contains a 5% povidone-iodine solution that was specially formulated for use in the nose. A simple one-time application prior to surgery is sufficient to effectively reduce bacteria in your patients’ nares.

Here is what I think you may ask: “Why not just use a standard 10% povidone-iodine solution? It would be inexpensive and it even contains double the amount of iodine.” Good question, but in this case, more is not always better!

Even though off-the-shelf 10% povidone-iodine solution has been used for decades as an effective surgical skin prep, it may not be the product you should consider as a first choice for prepping of the nares. The unique environment of the nose with its constant build-up of mucus tends to wash out a standard povidone-iodine solution. This may make it difficult for you to achieve an effective and long-lasting reduction of bacteria in the nares of your patients.

The special formulation of 3M™ Skin and Nasal Antiseptic combines 5% povidone-iodine with a film-forming polymer that helps povidone-iodine adhere to the inner lining of the nose and, you guessed it, prevents it from being flushed out. The solution is also formulated to be pH-balanced. This makes it is less irritating and improves your patients’ comfort and acceptability.

But how can you be assured that our product works in the clinical setting; that our nasal antiseptic swabs are more effective than standard povidone-iodine?

A prospective randomized controlled clinical trial in 429 total joint arthroplasty patients was conducted to answer this question (Rezapoor et al., 2015). The patients were randomized into 1 of 3 groups, each receiving a different treatment to evaluate its efficacy in reducing S. aureus in the nares:

1) Off-the-shelf 10% povidone-iodine solution

2) 3M™ Skin and Nasal Antiseptic

3) Saline solution (control)

Baseline cultures were obtained and the nares were swabbed for culture again at 4 and 24 hours after treatment to determine the remaining S. aureus.

Our 5% povidone-iodine vs. 10% povidone-iodine study achieved the results we had expected – 3M™ Skin and Nasal Antiseptic was significantly more effective (p=0.003) at reducing S. aureus in the nares over the 4 hour time interval than standard 10% povidone-iodine solution. Standard povidone-iodine was similar in efficacy to the saline control.

The study results are visualized in the graph below.

Negative Nasal S. Aureus Cultures Post Treatment

These results at 4 hours demonstrate that 3M™ Skin and Nasal Antiseptic reduces S. aureus significantly better than standard 10% povidone-iodine solution to provide the assurance you need that by choosing 3M™ Skin and Nasal Antiseptic, you use the best products for your patients.

Here are some additional benefits of the 3M™ Skin and Nasal Antiseptic you may want to consider when selecting an antiseptic for the nares:

  • The broad-spectrum, fast-acting povidone-iodine antiseptic fits easily into your preoperative process
  • The film-forming formula was designed to work within one hour and maintain at least 12 hours of persistence (3M Study 05-011100)
  • It is effective against antibiotic resistant strains of S. aureus (in vitro*) (3M Study 05-010944)
  • No resistance has been shown (in vitro*) (3M Study 05-011322)
  • Compliance is not an issue because you as the caregiver apply the solution to the patient’s nares
  • The one-time application an hour before surgery makes the procedure very quick and easy
  • Surgical site infections are associated with increased health care cost, so using an effective product to reduce nasal carriage of bacteria may be a cost-effective addition to your preoperative protocol

So, in summary, the 3M™ Skin and Nasal Antiseptic is the only 5% povidone-iodine product that has been shown in a clinical study to be significantly more effective in reducing S. aureus in the nares than standard 10% povidone-iodine. Due to the adherent polymer, the 5% povidone-iodine remains in the nares for a longer period, which explains the better efficacy of this product. This confirms what I had mentioned in the beginning – that more is not always better.

As you can see, by choosing the 3M™ Skin and Nasal Antiseptic as part of a comprehensive preoperative protocol, you can help to safely and effectively reduce the risk of surgical site infections in your patients – and all in a budget-conscious manner!

References:

Rezapoor M, Nicholson T, Patel R, et al. Do iodine-based solutions differ in their effectiveness for decolonizing intranasal Staphylococcus aureus? Presented at the MSIS Annual Meeting, Cleveland, OH, August 2015.

3M Study 05-011100

3M Study 05-010944

3M Study 05-011322

*The clinical significance of in vitro data is unknown

Jun 1, 2016

It’s Time for APIC 2016!

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It’s Time for APIC 2016!

It’s Time for APIC 2016! And it’s time to get inspired – the APIC 43rd Annual Conference is almost here! From June 11-13, the infection prevention community – some 5,000 strong – will gather in beautiful, historic Charlotte, North Carolina to share and take in the latest breakthroughs and best practices from around the world. This three-day event is filled with opportunities to listen, learn and recharge with some of the industry’s most innovative thought leaders on infection prevention and control. We’ll be there, and we wanted you to know about some of the highlights:

What to see at APIC 2016 Conference

Disinfection and Sterilization: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Start this conference right with this plenary session featuring Dr. William Rutala, a professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. Dr. Rutala presents a “good” classification scheme, improved data, and new technologies; the “bad” noncompliance, with guidelines for reprocessing medical/ surgical devices; and the “ugly” endoscope reprocessing and infection risks that may expose patients. Don’t miss it!

Integrating Infection Prevention Control Programs into the Ambulatory Care Setting: An Evolving Model 

Get a quick dose of ambulatory care expertise in this 30-minute session with Faith Skeete of NYU Medical Center and Natalie Fucito of NYU Langone.

Duodenoscopy

Hear the latest on a procedure that presents formidable challenges in infection control, presented by Maroya Walters of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

International Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) in Resource-Limited Settings

Here is a rare chance to attend a workshop on a globally vital topic, hosted by experts from the Liberian and Kenyan Ministries of Health as well as the Infection Control Africa Network and the US CDC.

Best Practices for High-Level Disinfection and Reprocessing Programs at Large Academic Health Institutions

Take the Emerging Science, Research, and Application track – this Concurrent Education session features the very latest information from experts from the Medical Center, Medical School and Health Department at the University of Minnesota.

Infection Prevention and Surveillance in Primary Care 

Explore the latest with officials from Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson College of Nursing and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

What to see in 3M Medical booth 1503

This year we are focusing on two topics that we get a considerable amount of questions on:

Endoscope reprocessing

Cleaning endoscopes is critical because residual organic material can inactivate disinfectants, allowing potentially deadly bacteria to remain on the surfaces. Facilities that achieve the highest standard of care proactively monitor manual cleaning protocols for flexible endoscopes. Read how routine endoscope cleaning monitoring can contribute to a higher standard of care.

Reducing the risk of surgical site infections

Patient safety is a primary concern for the perioperative team. A lot of attention is focused on skin preps and ways to reduce the patient’s bacterial load. One method is to use a nasal antiseptic before surgery. Before the conference, read a summary of clinical evidence about the efficacy of nasal antiseptics.

These are just a few examples of what’s inspiring us at this year’s APIC conference. We look forward to seeing you!

May 13, 2016

Redefining Healthcare Sustainability at CleanMed 2016

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Redefining Healthcare Sustainability at CleanMed 2016

At 3M, we are committed to improving our business, our planet, and every life. That’s one reason health care professionals rely on us to provide products they can depend on; products that will help improve lives in a rapidly changing environment.

For us, improving lives also means developing environmentally friendly health care products without sacrificing product quality or performance. On May 17-19, 3M will be in booth 201 at the CleanMed 2016 conference in Dallas, Texas to share our dedication to sustainability with other green-leaders in the health care industry.

Presented by Practice Greenhealth and Health Care Without Harm, this year’s event will be CleanMed’s 17th conference organized to showcase sustainable health care products in use within the health care industry. In 2015, 3M was honored with the Practice Greenhealth “Champion for Change” award for expanding sustainable practices.

Below are some examples of 3M Health Care sustainability products that we’ll be taking with us to CleanMed 2016, which aim to benefit both patients and the environment:

3M innovations reduce waste

Specific Packaging is required to protect medical materials and, in some cases, to keep a product sterile. This packaging is important, but can also result in a lot of waste and increased health care costs. 3M™ Tegaderm™ Dressings are now packed using an innovative nested design that reduces pouch material by 30% compared to a rectangular pouch.

3M innovations increase antibiotic stewardship

3M™ Skin and Nasal Antiseptic helps reduce the risk of surgical site infections when part of a comprehensive preoperative protocol.1-5 3M™ Skin and Nasal Antiseptic has not been shown to lead to resistance, supporting your antibiotic stewardship efforts.6

3M innovations conserve water

3M offers a wide variety of Green Seal certified cleaning chemicals that help reduce the amount of water needed, while also improving indoor air quality. Portable and reusable dispensers reduce environmental impact, and easy mixing minimizes chemical waste.

The 3M™ Easy Scrub Flat Mop is a solution for cleaning floors that reduces water and chemical waste by 80%, and cuts cleaning time in half when compared to a traditional mop and a bucket.

3M™ Avagard™ (Chlorhexidine Gluconate 1% Solution and Ethyl Alcohol 61% w/w) Surgical and Healthcare Personnel Hand Antiseptic with Moisturizers is the first and only FDA NDA-approved waterless, brushless surgical hand antiseptic that uses alcohol for rapid kill and Chlorohexidine Gluconate for persistent, cumulative activity, which is preferred by AORN. The formulation eliminates the need for water, helping hospitals further avoid waste.

3M innovations are made with safer chemicals

Made without natural rubber latex or phthalate plasticizers, 3M™ Littmann® Stethoscopes have reliable and clear acoustic performance and resilient next-generation tubing that retains its shape and flexibility even after folding tightly into a pocket. The new tubing provides longer stethoscope life due to improved resistance to skin oils and alcohol.

3M’s hand hygiene line contains foam and gel products that have earned the USDA biobased product certification, and a soap that is made without triclosan.

3M innovations conserve energy and resources

Every dollar spent on utilities is a dollar not spent on patient care. 3M™ Thinsulate™ Climate Control Window Film enhances existing window insulation by keeping the warmth in during the winter and the cool, conditioned air in during the summer. The 3M™ Climate Control Window Film solution helps facilities reduce their energy consumption, while creating a safe and pleasant environment for patients.

The majority of our 3M™ Steri-Drape™ Fabric Surgical Drapes are now made with plant-based renewable resources and reduce the environmental impact of medical disposables, while maintaining the same standard our customers expect from us:  strikethrough-resistant barrier, strength, adhesion, drapability and low linting, plus improved absorption and ease of application. What’s new:

  • 18% fewer fossil fuel resources used throughout the product life cycle7
  • 10% less CO2 emitted during the product life cycle7
  • 62% of entire fabric made from renewable plant-based material8
  • Nonwoven layer contains 95% renewable plant-based material8,9  

We invite you to stop by booth 201 at the conference to learn about the exciting breakthroughs 3M is making in patient safety and environmental accountability. See a preview of 3M’s sustainable solutions.

 

References

1. Phillips M., et al. Preventing Surgical Site Infections: A Randomized, Open-Label Trial of Nasal Mupirocin Ointment and Nasal Povidone-Iodine Solution. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2014;35(7):826-32

2. Bebko S., et al. Effect of a Preoperative Decontamination Protocol on Surgical Site Infections in Patients Undergoing Elective Orthopedic Surgery with Hardware Implantation. JAMA Surg, Published online March 04, 2015. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2014.3480

3. Brown L., et al. (2014, June) The Effects of Universal Intranasal Povidone Iodine Antisepsis on Total Joint Replacement Surgical Site Infections. Poster present at the APIC National Conference, Anaheim, CA

4. Waibel M., (2013, June) Revisiting Process Improvement for Total Joint Arthrophlasty Surgical Site Infections. Poster presented at the APIC National Conference, Ft Lauderdale, FL.

5. Hogenmiller J., et al. (2011, June) Preventing Orthopedic Total Joint Replacement Surgical Site Infections through a Comprehensive Best Practice Bundle/Checklist.Poster presented at the APIC National Conference, Baltimore MD.

6. 3M Study 05-011322 *The clinical significance of in vitro data is unknown

7. Life Cycle Assessment per ISO 14040 and ISO 14044 and validated by PE INTERNATIONAL

8. Tested per ASTM D6866 byBeta Analytic Inc.

9. Certification by Vinçotte

Mar 25, 2016

AORN Surgical Conference 2016 – Plan Ahead

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AORN Perioperative Conference and Expo 2016

Calling all perioperative nurses and healthcare workers! AORN Surgical Conference and Expo is upon us once again, April 2-6, 2016 in sunny Anaheim, CA. We’re looking forward to another great conference and expo with new technology, scientific data, as well as great education seminars and events.

AORN Surgical Conference and Expo 2016 – Events to See

Education Sessions – Over 65 to sort through! From ambulatory to clinical to evidence-based practice/research, there’s a little of something for everyone to continue your education track.

OR Executive Summit – This special summit is geared for the day-to-day periop leaders. Managers, directors, vice presidents, and even chief nursing officers should attend this event. There are a lot of changes that leaders are dealing with today, and this is a way to get some creative insight to make improvements. There is a separate registration for this and additional fees do apply. Don’t forget to check out the breakfast symposium presented by 3M Health Care on Monday (4/4/16) from 7:00-8:00 am: Embedding an Infection Prevention Nurse in the OR.

Leadership Development Summit – This summit isn’t restricted to current leaders or job titles. Anyone who aspires to be in a leadership role should check out this event. This event is a chance to network with other future perioperative leaders. This event also has a separate registration and fees. Check out the lunch symposium presented by 3M Health Care on Tuesday (4/5/16) from 12:15-1:15 pm:  The Relationship between the Sterile Processing Department and the Operating Room.

3M Health Care Booth – Come Say Hi and See What’s New

We’d love to see you! Stop by our booth, #913, and receive 100 Surf the Hall points for a chance to win a prize from AORN.

3M™ Skin and Nasal Antiseptic (Povidone-Iodine Solution 5% w/w [0.5% available iodine] USP) Patient Preoperative Skin Preparationhelps reduce bacteria in the nares in 1 hour.1 Download and read the summary of clinical evidence before the show, then stop by for more information and to try it for yourself!

Stop Unintended Perioperative Hypothermia Before it Begins. Actively warming surgery patients before anesthesia induction is called prewarming. Prewarming is an effective way to help prevent intraoperative hypothermia in many surgical cases. Both the 3M Bair Hugger system and the 3M Bair Paws system use convective warming to help maintain a patient’s body temperature, and also can make the patient surgical experience a bit more comfortable. This year at the 2016 AORN Expo, we will have patient warming experts on hand to help you see, and feel, the difference! Before you head to the expo, download a copy the prewarming sheet and get your questions answered by one of our experts.  Want to discover even more? Take a free continuing education course on the topic! We look forward to see you in Anaheim!

1. 3M Study-05-011100.