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prevent bloodstream infections

Navigating the 2021 Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice

The go-to resource for infusion therapy guidance just got an update.
Learn what are the latest guidelines to help advance your practice.

  • Bloodstream infections are a critical issue for health care facilities around the world — 60% of all hospital-acquired bloodstream infections originate from some form of vascular access1. Some of the most well-known are Catheter-Related Bloodstream Infection (CRBSI) and Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection (CLABSI).

Infection prevention news

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 diagram
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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 want to do everything in our power 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.

  • Three keys of Infection prevention diagram

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. 

  • Health Care Academy
  • 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

Prevent CLABSI
How YOU prevent CLABSI

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


Stay updated on current best practice standards

Achieve a higher standard of care and prevent bloodstream infections by adhering to evidence-based standards set out by organisations such as INS, SHEA, APIC and CDC.

Meet the 2021 Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice

In this latest revision by the Infusion Nurses Society (INS), discover new and expanded guidelines to help advance infusion policies and infection prevention protocols in clinical settings.

  • CE Courses on Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice
    Read a summary of key highlights from the 2021 Standards

    Get details on key updates, including new and revised guidelines for vascular access securement, site prep and more.

  • New CE Courses on 2016 Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice
    See how 3M Solutions align with the 2021 Standards

    View our quick guide and discover products and solutions aligned to the latest guidelines for greater compliance.

  • Watch Lisa Gorski introduce the key changes in the new edition

    Join Lisa Gorski, chairperson of the INS Standards Committee in this webinar series as she covers what's new in the latest Standards.

Effective & proven technology

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. 2015.