3M™ Drapes Designed for the Entire Critical Zone
3M understands that the risk of infection increases when strike-through occurs anywhere within the sterile field, not just in the traditional critical zone.
If a drape is absorbent but not impervious, fluid goes straight through the drape onto the operative site where it can pick up skin flora from unprepped skin and transfer this into the surgical site.1
3M surgical drapes are impervious to liquid strikethrough which can help to reduce bacterial transfer and subsequent contamination of the surgical site. Many of our drapes feature an absorbent, impervious material throughout the drape to incorporate the true critical zone … the entire sterile field.2
Our adhesive drapes incorporate a pressure sensitive adhesion which is skin friendly and repositionable once upon removal.
1. Pathobiology of Inf. In prosthetic devices. Steve H Dougherty. Review of Infectious Diseases Vol 10, No 6, November 1988
2. BS EN13795:2011 Surgical Drapes. Gowns & clean air suits, used as medical devices for patients, clinical staff and equipment