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Comprehensive Infection Prevention
Comprehensive Infection Prevention

Support and solutions in the areas where you need it most.

When priorities to infection control and prevention shifted, you answered the call.

  • It’s a strange dichotomy -- in many ways there is a greater understanding of infection prevention and control today than ever before, but the risks seem to be higher. Over the past several months, education on the basics of disease transmission have been shared broadly, and the importance of hand hygiene and personal protection is being fully realized by healthcare workers, patients and caregivers alike.

    But that hasn’t made your job easier. Healthcare workers have been asked to do things that previously seemed unimaginable. Emotions are high. Burnout is real. Yet, each day you continue to answer the call, and step up to the challenge of helping to reduce the risk of cross-contamination and transmission of viruses and bacteria at your facility – whether from people, care-related factors, the environment or equipment.

    With your time limited, you need assurance of the science, safety and efficacy of your infection prevention and control solutions, and the ongoing support for education to combine a good defense with a strong offense. 3M remains your partner in activating science-based problem-solving, not just for what health care was yesterday or today, but for what it will be tomorrow.

3M is your team behind the scenes.

You’re being asked to do more with less and balance ongoing healthcare-acquired infection (HAI) initiatives with pandemic response. Whether it is trying to navigate new and changing guidelines, finding alternative product solutions or providing supplemental education to staff, 3M is here to help – both virtually and, if appropriate, in-person. We cannot promise we’ll have all the answers or solutions for everything you need, but we will try.

Customer Service

Customer Service

Resources for current infection prevention and control challenges

You’ve had to get creative in your approach to infection prevention and control and find ways to do more with less. We continue to add new resources, education and information to help you navigate the ever-evoloving dynamics of pandemic response.

  • Respiratory protection
    Respiratory protection

    Find all 3M medical respiratory protection resources in one place, with information about protection options, PPE and skin protection, optimizing your supply and extended use and limited re-use guidance.

  • Sterilization assurance and cleaning monitoring

    Find information about 3M’s solutions for sterile processing, endoscope processing, sterilization assurance and cleaning monitoring as well as hand hygiene and contact precautions. We’ve also compiled guidelines and frequently asked questions about the risk of contamination spread.

  • Virtual Product Resources
    Virtual product resources and education

    Many of 3M’s product resources are available online, including instructions for use. The 3M℠ Health Care Academy also has many on-demand courses focused on respiratory protection, sterilization, bloodstream infections, surgical site infections and other infection control and prevention-related topics.

Helping you identify additional areas of potential infection risk

Guidelines and protocols have evolved rapidly to address sources of contamination and pathogens that may lead to infection. We take a holistic approach to reducing the risk of infection, and work with you to identify and help protect against the vulnerabilities for your patients and staff, clinical environment and practice. Select each hotspot to learn more.

  • Reducing risk of infection infographic

Focus on people as reservoirs and ways infectious agents move among and within people: portals of entry and exit and the mode of transmission.

  • Respiratory tract
  • Skin
  • Incisions/wounds
  • Catheters/tubes
  • Mucous membranes
  • Body fluids
  • Aerosols

Reduce the risk of infection by incorporating evidence-based protocols and training staff on guidelines and best practices.

  • Guidelines and protocols
  • Clinical education
  • Staff training
  • Assessment and audits
Equipment & Environment

Reduce the risk of contamination and transmission in high-risk patient care areas and multi-patient use instruments and devices.transmission.

  • Medical equipment, instruments and supplies
  • Environmental surfaces

Science-based solutions for your ongoing healthcare-acquired infection initiatives

Even during a pandemic, healthcare-acquired infection (HAI) surveillance continues, but it may be difficult to keep up with your facility’s initiatives. 3M is here to support you with science- and evidence-based solutions, guidelines, best practices and staff education to help you reduce the risk of infection complications and minimize inefficiencies in many areas that support your ongoing HAI efforts.

  • People
  • Equipment & Environment
  • Practice

Additional 3M programs

As your facility prepares for a new business as usual, 3M is dedicated to providing you with the information needed to help keep people protected at every touchpoint.

  • 3 Surgeons providing surgical care
    Surgical Care and Recovery

    Solutions to help you safely and efficiently return to the operating room and drive positive outcomes.

  • A health care provider with a patient using respiratory protection
    Respiratory Protection

    Personal protective equipment (PPE) is top-of-mind. Every day you put yourself at risk to care for your patients. Find the latest information, FAQs and tips on using respirators appropriately here.

  • A WOCN providing Wound Care and Management to a patient
    Wound Care and Management

    Resources to help enable best practice chronic wound care virtually and in the home.