3M and Sage Products create “Nose to Toes” kit to reduce infections

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3M Health Care and Sage Products announced Thursday that they are collaborating on a solution that will reduce the rate of hospital infections.

Through the partnership, Sage Products, a disposable healthcare products company, will sell medical kits that include three products made by 3M Infection Prevention Division and Sage. They are a 3M Skin and Nasal Antiseptic, a 3M Preidex Oral Rinse and a Sage Ultra-Soft  Toothbrush, and a Sage 2% Chlorhexidine Gluconate Cloths.

This so-called “Nose to Toes” Kit aims to reduce bacteria on a patient’s skin and in his mouth, and is to be used for preoperative prepping.


“This simple intervention is easily and quickly applied in the preoperative environment,” said Scott Brown, president and chief operating officer of Sage Products. “Reducing the patient’s skin flora before they enter the operating room promotes positive patient outcomes.”

The announcement follows a January call to action by 3M Healthcare in which it published a white paper on how collaborative approaches are the best strategy to deal with the intractable problem of hospital infection.

Hospital-acquired infection  is a stubborn and costly reality with nearly 500,000 surgical site infections (SSIs) occurring annually, according to the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention.

Controlling surgical site infections (SSIs) is a big priority for hospitals and is becoming even more so as Medicare reimbursement policies adopt a pay-for-performance model under the healthcare overhaul law.

[Photo Credit: 3M Infection Prevention Solutions]

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Arundhati Parmar

By Arundhati Parmar

Arundhati Parmar is the Medical Devices Reporter at MedCity News. She has covered medical technology since 2008 and specialized in business journalism since 2001. Parmar has three degrees from three continents - a Bachelor of Arts in English from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India; a Masters in English Literature from the University of Sydney, Australia and a Masters in Journalism from Northwestern University in Chicago. She has sworn never to enter a classroom again.
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