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crbsi and clabsi prevention

Stop bloodstream infections before they start

  • Bloodstream infections are a critical issue for health care facilities around the world. And 60% of all hospital-acquired bloodstream infections originate from some form of vascular access.Some of the most well-known are Catheter-Related Bloodstream Infection (CRBSI) and Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection (CLABSI).

Sources of vascular-associated bloodstream infections

Bloodstream infections can be acquired at the time of insertion or anytime throughout the duration of vascular access. Most happen after insertion.2 Microbes can enter the bloodstream through extraluminal or intraluminal access points. Stay informed about best practices for preventing bloodstream infections.

  • Sources of vascular-associated bloodstream infections (bsi medical)
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Intraluminal contamination

Results when bacteria migrates through the catheter post insertion, typically via contamination of the lumen through the catheter port.

Extraluminal contamination

Results when bacteria originating on the surface of the skin migrates along the outside of the catheter and enters through the insertion point

Three keys to reducing bloodstream infection risk

  • As your trusted partner in protecting patients, we share your goal of sustaining zero bloodstream infections and we are here to help you achieve it. 

    We believe there are three keys to reaching this goal: people, standards, and technology. It’s an effort that requires exacting standards of care, a commitment from the care team to methodically adhere to those standards, and technology that adds an additional layer of antimicrobial protection.

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Trained & committed people

Preventing bloodstream infections takes training and commitment. Learn more about 3M resources to help clinicians ensure proper protocols are followed for every patient, every time. 

  • 3M PEAK for CLABSI, CRBSI prevention
    3M™ PEAK™ Clinical Outcomes Program

    The 3M™ PEAK™ Clinical Outcomes Program gives you access to a team of 3M Clinical Specialists and a robust portfolio of tools to help you navigate IV care obstacles and implement change.

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    3M™ Health Care Academy

    3M℠ Health Care Academy offers free, quality educational content in a flexible online format. Choose from more than 50 CE credit courses to support your professional development.

Watch these IV Care education courses and earn free CE credits

CE course on central venous line associated bloodstream infection prevention
How YOU prevent CLABSI

This interactive CE course arms you with current research on how contamination occurs, and best practices for preventing CLABSI.


Get the latest news on infection prevention topics

Current best practice standards

Many well-regarded organisations including INS, SHEA, APIC and CDC provide evidence-based standards and best practice guidelines for preventing bloodstream infections.

  • Infusion therapy standards nursing guide for clabsi, crbsi prevention
    CE Courses on 2016 Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice

    The Infusion Nurses Society revised its Infusion Nursing Standards of Practice in 2016. Lisa Gorski, chair of both the 2011 and 2016 INS Standards of Practice Committees, presents a two-part program to help update clinicians on the changes.

  • How 3M Solutions Align with 2016 Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice
    Interested in learning how 3M solutions align with the 2021 Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice?

    Download the 3M quick guide to 2021 Updates to the Infusion Nurses Society Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice.


    2021 Updates to the Infusion Nurses Society Infusion Therapy Standards of Practices

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3M’s evidence-based products can help you deliver compassionate care, protect patient and clinician safety, help prevent the risks of costly complications, and improve patient satisfaction. 

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1. Scheithauer S, Lewalter K, Schröder J, Koch A, Häfner H, Krizanovic V, Nowicki K, Hilgers RD, Lemmen SW. Reduction of central venous line-associated bloodstream infection rates by using a chlorhexidine-containing dressing. Infection. 2014 Feb 1;42(1):155-9.

2. Guide to Preventing Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections. Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology.