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prevent bloodstream infections

Navigating the 2021 Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice

  • Bloodstream infections are a critical issue for health care facilities around the world. And 60% of all hospital-acquired bloodstream infections originate from some form of vascular access.1 Some of the most well-known are Catheter-Related Bloodstream Infection (CRBSI) and Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection (CLABSI).

Infection prevention events

  • Kari Luce
    BSI: Addressing Clinical Challenges with Intraluminal Contamination

    Watch this webinar to earn free CE credit! Learn from 3M Technical Service Specialist Kari Luce, RN, BSN, about the challenges, evidence and solutions for reducing intraluminal contamination and the risk of bloodstream infections.

  • Joe Hommes
    BSI: Addressing Clinical Challenges with Extraluminal Contamination

    Watch this webinar to earn free CE credit! Learn from 3M Technical Service Specialist Joseph Hommes, RN, BSN, VA/BC, about the challenges, evidence and solutions for reducing extraluminal contamination and the risk of bloodstream infections.

  • Mary Duncan
    A Bundled Approach to Decrease the Rate of Primary Bloodstream Infections Related to Peripheral Intravenous Catheters

    Attend this live webinar to earn free CE credit! Learn from Mary Duncan, RN, MSN, CIC. Sr. Director of Infection Prevention, about a new study that showed reduction of primary bloodstream infections (BSIs) by following a Peripheral IV Maintenance Bundle.

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.

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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

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.

  • New CE Courses on 2016 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.

  • How 3M Solutions Align with 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.

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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.