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science-based solutions for effective cross-contamination control

Science-based solutions to help reduce the risk of cross-contamination

3M Solutions for Cross Contamination Control

  • Learn how we can work with you to address the three key areas of vulnerability for cross-contamination within your facility – people, equipment and environment, and practice - with solutions tailored to your needs.


People: Reducing the risk of cross-contamination and transmission.*

  • Hand Hygiene for infection control australia
    Hand Hygiene

    Hands are one the most common sources of microbial transmission. Practicing hand hygiene across all areas in a facility can help reduce the spread of microbes and patient cross-contamination.

  • Respiratory personal protective equipment against cross contamination
    Respiratory Protection

    3M has resources available to help you navigate the range of respiratory protection options and proper product use to protect you and your team.

  • Skin protection
    Skin Protection

    Barrier films, cleansers and moisture management technology can help reduce the incidence of red, irritated or damaged skin and also help reduce the risk of device-related complications.


Equipment and Environment: Reducing the risk of contamination and transmission in high-risk patient care areas and multi-patient use instruments and devices.*

  • Single-Use and Single-Patient Use Products
    Single-Use and Single-Patient Use Products

    Single-use and single-patient use products can help add another line of defense against cross-contamination among people and medical equipment.

    Explore 3M solutions

  • decontamination and sterilisation of surgical instruments
    Sterilisation of Surgical Instruments

    Standards and guidelines recommend the sterilisation of ‘critical’ medical devices prior to use in patient procedures. A robust sterility assurance program is a critical element of device reprocessing.

  • hospital decontamination methods to reduce the spread of infection
    Cleaning and Disinfection of Environmental Surfaces

    Patients have a 50% chance of contracting a multi-drug resistant organism (MDRO) if the patient room is not properly cleaned.1 Consistent cleaning monitoring can also greatly decrease the risk of MDROs.2

    Explore 3M solutions for cleaning and disinfection.

    Explore 3M solutions for cleaning monitoring


Practice: Reducing the risk of infection by incorporating evidence-based protocols and training staff on guidelines and best practices

  • On demand educational courses

    When information and recommendations are changing rapidly, it can be difficult to keep up with the latest guidelines and protocols and ensuring that staff is trained appropriately. Deepen your facility’s expertise through our professional training and educational resources designed to meet your facility’s unique challenges. We currently offer more than 40 on-demand educational courses on topics including hand hygiene, skin protection, respiratory protection, sterilisation, cleaning and device reprocessing.


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3M is your team behind the scenes.

Whether it is managing ongoing healthcare-associated infection (HAI) initiatives with pandemic response, finding alternative product solutions or providing supplemental education to staff, 3M is here to help – both virtually and, if appropriate, in-person. We cannot promise we’ll have all the answers or solutions for everything you need, but we will try. 

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  • References

    *3M solutions can play a role in supporting government and industry guidelines aimed at infection and transmission control. 3M does not make any claims that its products prevent or reduce the incidence of infection or the transmission of disease. For specific 3M products, please refer to the intended use.

    1. Otter JA, Jezli S, Salkeld JA, et al. Evidence that contaminated surfaces contribute to the transmission of hospital pathogens and an overview of strategies to address contaminated surfaces in hospital settings. American Journal of Infection Control 2013. 41(5 Supplement):S6-11.

    2. Sitzlar B, Deshpande A, Fertelli D, et al. An environmental disinfection odyssey: Evaluation of sequential interventions to improve disinfection of clostridium difficile isolation rooms. The role of the environment in Infection Prevention May 2013. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology 34(4):459-465. 3M data on file: EM-05-311617.