Surgical Site Infections Cost & Consequences
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A single layer of gauze is no barrier to bacteria
Bacteria can pass through up to 64 layers of dry gauze
Tegaderm™ +Pad Film Dressing is a sterile, waterproof, viral* and bacterial barrier
Impact of SSI
Surgical site infections (SSIs) are the second most common hospital-acquired infection** (HAI) costing up to $29,000 depending on the pathogen and procedure.** Patients who develop a SSI after hospital discharge are five times more likely to be readmitted to the hospital and are at a higher risk of death.¹
Did you Know? Bacteria can penetrate up to 64 layers of dry gauze²
Gauze Dressings: No Barrier to Bacteria
Clinical studies have shown higher infection rates in chronic and complex wounds for which gauze dressings were used compared to wounds dressed with transparent films.³
Gauze dressings do not present a barrier to bacteria and one in vitro study demonstrated that bacteria can pass through up to 64 layers of dry gauze. Once gauze is moistened, it's even less effective as a barrier to bacteria.²
*Invitro testing shows that the transparent film dressings provide a barrier viral barrier from viruses 27 nm in diameter or larger while the dressing remains intact without leakage.
**see brochure for all references
to see more clinical studies
¹ Kirkland KB, Briggs JP, Trivette SL, et al. The impact of surgical-site infections in the 1990s: attributable mortality, excess length of hospitalization, and extra costs.
Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 1999;20:725-730.
² Dressings and wound infection. Lawrence JC. Am J Surg; 1994;167:(Suppl 1A):21S-24S.
³ Hanging wet-to-dry dressings out-to-dry. Ovington LG. Advances in Skin and Wound Care 15(2):79-84, March-April 2002.
Full Surround Protection
Protecting your patients and organization from surgical site infections (SSIs) never comes down to just one thing. So we engineered 3M™ Tegaderm™ +Pad Film Dressing with Non-Adherent Pad to include three advanced performance features. A sterile dressing to help reduce the risk of infection.¹
Unlike gauze dressings, Tegaderm™ +Pad Dressings offer a transparent, waterproof film that serves as a barrier. Tegaderm™ +Pad Dressings are breathable, letting oxygen in and moisture vapor out, allowing the skin to function normally.
Dual Purpose Barrier
Testing has demonstrated that Tegaderm™ +Pad Dressings provide a bacterial barrier, even against some of the most common organisms associated with SSI: Staphylococcus aureus, Enterococcus faecalis, Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.** Tegaderm™ +Pad Dressings also provide a viral barrier against HIV-1 and HBV and other potentially infectious body fluids while the dressings remain intact without leakage.**
Easy Does It
Latex-free, hassle-free design is both patient and clinician-friendly. The pressure-sensitive adhesive film conforms naturally, holds strongly and releases gently — ensuring skin integrity. Plus, the non-adherent pad will not adhere to the wound bed, reducing pain upon removal. And a wide variety of standard sizes and shapes ensure timely, accurate placement.
*Invitro testing shows that the transparent film dressings provide a viral barrier from viruses 27 nm in diameter or larger while the dressing remains intact without leakage.
to see more clinical studies
¹ Mangram, AJ, et al. Guideline for the Prevention of Surgical Site Infection. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Hospital Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee. Vol. 20, No.4; 268, 1999.
Application and Removal Instructions
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- Post-operative wounds
- Acute wounds such as abrasions and lacerations
- Light-to-moderately-draining chronic wounds
- Superficial and partial-thickness burns
- I.V. catheter sites (peripheral and central lines)
- To secure or cover devices
- Secondary dressing applications:
- Over hydrogels, alginates, and gauze