3M Announces Next Generation of Tegaderm I.V. Advanced Securement Dressings

  3M Announces Next Generation of Tegaderm I.V. Advanced Securement Dressings     Design updates aim to improve securement, patient comfort, and dressing                                  application  Business Wire  ST. PAUL, Minn. -- February 24, 2014  3M Critical & Chronic Care Solutions today announced enhancements to its 3M^™ Tegaderm^™ I.V. Advanced Securement Dressings aimed at improving securement, wear time and proper application. In clinical evaluations of the upgrades, more than nine in 10 clinicians reported overall added value as the result of the enhancements, citing specific improvements in catheter stabilization, unscheduled dressing changes and ease of dressing application.^1  3M Tegaderm I.V. Advanced Securement Dressings deliver exceptional care that accommodates clinician needs and patient comfort. The dressings are designed for advanced securement, allow for continuous site observation, and provide a waterproof, sterile barrier to external contaminants^2 while remaining highly breathable. Innovative adhesives manage moisture and allow for gentle removal, while additional features promote consistent and accurate application. Tegaderm I.V. Advancement Securement Dressings may be worn for the life of a PIV catheter and provide up to seven days of wear time for CVCs, providing excellent value.  “At 3M, we never stop striving for better design,” said Wendy Rens, global business director, 3M Critical & Chronic Care Solutions. “We are vigilant in looking for ways to make our products more intuitive and harder-working for clinicians and their patients. These enhancements to Tegaderm I.V. Advanced Securement dressings reflect our commitment to ongoing innovation.”  Upgrades will automatically roll to all four product SKUs (1683, 1685, 1688 and 1689) in the coming months. Corresponding training resources will be updated in conjunction.  Specific design updates to Tegaderm I.V. Advanced Securement Dressings include:    *Improved securement. A reinforced border, deep notch, and tape strips work     together to enlist the entire dressing in securement. A larger securement     tape strip enhances securement, and the label tape is constructed in the     same way as the primary securement strip for additional stability. A     keyhole-shaped notch has been added to fit easily and conform around     catheter hubs and lumens, and a new conforming edge border technology is     designed to increase conformability and reduce edge lift.   *Enhanced patient comfort. Innovative adhesives hold strongly, manage     moisture, and release gently. A stabilization border has an innovative     adhesive that reduces edge lift and boosts securement. A conformable edge     flexes with patient movement and offers more breathability.   *Enhanced ease of application. The larger securement tape strip promotes     more consistent application, and frame delivery makes placement accurate     and easy while minimizing the potential to stick to gloves or to itself. A     new waterproof film coating on the tape strip and documentation label     improves handling and reduces soiling as well as allows for easy tape     removal to access catheter hubs.  To learn more, visit www.3M.com/TegadermIV or contact your 3M Critical & Chronic Care Solutions representative. If you do not have a representative, you can also call the 3M Health Care Customer Helpline at 1-800-228-3957. Outside of the United States, contact the local 3M subsidiary.  About 3M Health Care  3M Health Care offers solutions in the medical, oral care, drug delivery, food safety and health information markets. We have an unparalleled ability to connect people, insights, science and technology to think beyond today, solve problems, and make better health possible. Our culture of collaboration empowers us to discover and deliver practical, proven solutions that enable our customers to protect and improve the health of people around the world.Learn more at 3M Health Care.  About 3M  3M captures the spark of new ideas and transforms them into thousands of ingenious products. Our culture of creative collaboration inspires a never-ending stream of powerful technologies that make life better. 3M is the innovation company that never stops inventing. With $31 billion in sales, 3M employs 89,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 70 countries. For more information, visit www.3M.com or follow @3MNews on Twitter.  3M and Tegaderm are trademarks of 3M.  ^1 Results (Data) are based on 89 clinicians at 11 facilities who evaluated the 3M Tegaderm I.V. Advanced Securement dressing (#1683) on PIV catheters for up to two weeks where the current 1683 dressing was currently used or used at least two months within the last 12 months prior to the evaluation.  ^2 In vitro testing shows that the transparent film of 3M Tegaderm I.V. Advanced Dressing provides a viral barrier for viruses 27 MM in diameter or larger while the dressing remains intact without leakage.  Contact:  For 3M Mary Kokkinen, 651-733-8806 mckokkinen@mmm.com or Jeff Trauring, 651-789-1268 jeff@kohnstamm.com