In a 2018 3M Health Care survey of healthcare clinicians across the U.S., nearly half of all practitioners surveyed believe their facilities could be doing more to prevent healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). In alignment with these findings, 3M has been actively developing new solutions to help clinicians reduce the risk of complications like surgical site infections – applying 3M science to infection prevention.
3M announces the launch of 3M SoluPrep Film-Forming Sterile Surgical Solution, a chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) and isopropyl alcohol prep, and the first and only FDA-approved surgical prep with sterile solution. The new solution brings 3M’s expertise in polymer and adhesive technology to bear in the form of proprietary 3M Prep Protection Film. When this copolymer film technology dries it forms a durable coating on the skin, helping the CHG ingredients stay on the skin where it is needed. 3M Prep Protection Film has been shown to withstand the rigors of simulated surgical conditions – including repetitive wiping – to keep the CHG active ingredient on the skin for continued antimicrobial protection against a broad range of bacteria through and beyond surgery.
“As a surgeon, I know there is always a risk to the patient of acquiring a surgical site infection,” says Dr. Daniel Segina, orthopedic trauma surgeon with Health First, Holmes Regional Medical Center. “New technologies are welcomed as an opportunity for us to better care for our patients and reduce potential complications associated with surgery.”
3M SoluPrep Film-Forming Sterile Surgical Solution offers broad-spectrum bacterial quick kill, 96 hours of antimicrobial persistence and the added benefits of 3M Prep Protection Film. In studies comparing SoluPrep Film-Forming Sterile Surgical Solution to the current market-leading CHG prep, SoluPrep Film-Forming Sterile Surgical Solution was shown to have:
- 3.5 times as much CHG remaining on the skin after subjection to simulated surgical conditions and 70 percent less seeded bacteria on the skin when re-contamination occurs
- Easier visibility on dark skin tones – green tint offers easier visibility on a variety of skin tones
- Minimized incise drape lift – the film-forming properties adhere to the skin, helping to keep incise drapes in place
- High viscosity that minimizes running, which can lead to pooling—a known operating room fire and patient chemical burn risk.
“At 3M, we apply our science to deliver safe and effective solutions that are skin-focused and aimed at reducing healthcare-related complications to improve patient care and outcomes,” says Dr. Todd Fruchterman, vice president and general manager, 3M Medical Solutions Division. “3M SoluPrep Film-Forming Sterile Surgical Solution not only addresses challenges clinicians may face with current preps, but for patients, it also delivers a unique film-forming property that offers antimicrobial protection – in and beyond – the OR.”
3M SoluPrep Film-Forming Sterile Surgical Solution, featuring 3M Prep Protection Film, will be available in two sizes: 10.5 ml and 26 ml. Visit go.3M.com/SoluPrepFilm to learn more about the benefits of implementing 3M SoluPrep Film-Forming Sterile Surgical Solution, featuring 3M Prep Protection Film and refer to the posted Drug Facts for important information and Directions for Use.