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how to prevent cross contamination with 3M science-based solutions

Science-based solutions to help reduce the risk of cross-contamination

  • 72k MRSA cases, 9k deaths in the US.1
  • 500k Clostridium difficile cases, 29k deaths in the US.2
  • 9.2k Tuberculosis cases, 470 deaths in the US.3

Keep up with current guidance and best practices

Find updated information and educational resources on cross-contamination prevention to help support your work on the front line. You can also request your 3M representative to follow-up with you for personalised support.

3M Solutions for Cross-Contamination Prevention

  • Discover how we can work with you in addressing three key areas of vulnerability for cross-contamination within your facility – people, equipment and environment, and practice - with solutions tailored to your needs.

People: Reducing the risk of cross-contamination and transmission.*

  • hand hygiene to prevent infection from contact mode of transmission
    Hand Hygiene

    Hands are one the most common sources of microbial transmission. Practicing hand hygiene across all areas in a facility can help reduce the spread of microbes and patient cross-contamination.

  • respiratory personal protective equipment against cross contamination
    Respiratory Protection

    3M has resources available to help you navigate the range of respiratory protection equipment and proper product use to safeguard against cross-contamination.

  • Skin Protection
    Skin Protection

    Barrier films, cleansers and moisture management technology can help reduce the incidence of red, irritated or damaged skin and also help reduce the risk of device-related complications.

Equipment and Environment: Reducing the risk of contamination and transmission in high-risk patient care areas and multi-patient use instruments and devices.*

  • Single-Use and Single-Patient Use Products
    Single-Use and Single-Patient Use Products

    Single-use and single-patient use products can help add another line of defense against cross-contamination among people and medical equipment.


  • Decontamination of surgical equipment for infection control
    Sterilisation and of Surgical Instruments

    Standards and guidelines recommend the sterilisation of ‘critical’ medical equipment prior to use in patient procedures. A robust sterility assurance program is a critical element of device reprocessing.

    Explore 3M solutions

  • environmental decontamination in healthcare facilities
    Cleaning and Disinfection of Environmental Surfaces

    Patients have a 50% chance of contracting a multi-drug resistant organism (MDRO) if the patient room is not properly cleaned.Consistent cleaning monitoring can also greatly decrease the risk of MDROs.

    Explore 3M solutions for cleaning and disinfection

    Explore 3M solutions for cleaning monitoring

Practice: Reducing the risk of infection by incorporating evidence-based protocols and training staff on guidelines and best practices

  • On demand educational courses

    When information and recommendations are changing rapidly, it can be difficult to keep up with the latest guidelines and protocols and ensuring that staff is trained appropriately. Deepen your facility’s expertise through our professional training and educational resources designed to meet your facility’s unique challenges. We currently offer more than 40 on-demand educational courses on topics including hand hygiene, skin protection, respiratory protection, sterilisation, cleaning and device reprocessing.

3M is your team behind the scenes.

Whether it is managing ongoing healthcare-associated infection (HAI) initiatives with pandemic response, 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. 

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  • References

    *3M solutions can play a role in supporting government and industry guidelines aimed at infection and transmission control. 3M does not make any claims that its products prevent or reduce the incidence of infection or the transmission of disease. For specific 3M products, please refer to the intended use.

    1. Active bacterial core surveillance (ABCs) report: Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, 2014. Center for Disease Control and Prevention website.
    Updated April 6, 2016. Accessed November 1, 2017.
    2. Lessa FC, Mu Y, Bamberg WM, et al. Burden of clostridium difficile infection in the united states. N Engl J Med. 2015;372(9):825-834.
    3. Tuberculosis (TB): Data and Statistics. Center for Disease Control and Prevention website. Updated March 22, 2018. Accessed April 18, 2018
    4. Otter JA, Jezli S, Salkeld JA, et al. Evidence that contaminated surfaces contribute to the transmission of hospital pathogens and an overview of strategies to address contaminated surfaces in hospital settings. American Journal of Infection Control 2013. 41(5 Supplement):S6-11.
    5. Sitzlar B, Deshpande A, Fertelli D, et al. An environmental disinfection odyssey: Evaluation of sequential interventions to improve disinfection of clostridium difficile isolation rooms. The role of the environment in Infection Prevention May 2013. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology 34(4):459-465. 3M data on file: EM-05-311617
    6. 3M data on file. Data aggregated from the 3M™ Clean-Trace ATP Monitoring System’s ATP environmental surface testing across the United States: January 2018 - September 2019.