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  • Medical Adhesive Related Skin Injuries

    3M Solutions for Medical Adhesive-Related Skin Injuries (MARSI)

    Your patients' skin should never be damaged by medical adhesives.

    Medical Adhesive-Related Skin Injuries (MARSI) can be a serious complication that can be prevented and managed. MARSI occurs across all care settings and age groups; yet, these injuries do not have to be considered an inevitable outcome of patient care. At 3M we provide solutions to help reduce the risk of skin injury including skin tears. Learn more about MARSI throughout this page.

    Click to learn more about Understanding and Preventing MARSI (PDF, 3MB) 

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    Help reduce the risk of MARSI by using the right product and application.

    We at 3M have an impressive history as a leader in developing the right adhesive for almost any application. Our team understands how adhesives interact with skin and uses that knowledge to develop products to address patient needs in today’s care setting. From critical tube securement tapes with products like 3M™ Durapore™ surgical tape to gentle tapes like 3M™ Kind Removal Silicone Tape, we have the specific products to help you treat your patients' conditions.

    We offer exceptional tape and other skin protectant product solutions to clinicians around the world to help you select the right tape for the right application for your patients to help you reduce the risk of MARSI.

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    Help Reduce the Risk MARSI

    MARSI often occurs through improper selection, application or removal of medical adhesives, causing unnecessary pain, compromising skin integrity, and increasing the risk of infection. You can help reduce the risk of MARSI by following these basic steps:

    1. Select the appropriate adhesive product
    2. Properly prepare the skin
    3. Apply the adhesive product using the appropriate techniques
    4. Remove the adhesive product using the proper techniques

    Earn CE Credit and Learn More about Patient Safety and the Role of Medical Adhesives

  • Consensus statements for the assessment, prevention and treatment of adhesive-related injuries

    MARSI Consensus Statements

    From Medical Adhesives and Patient Safety: State of the Science: “In an effort to define best practices for prevention of such injury, a consensus panel of 23 recognized key opinion leaders convened to establish consensus statements on the assessments, prevention and treatment of medical adhesive-related skin injury.”

    Download Your Copy of the Statement


    Additional Types of MARSI

    MARSI can come in various forms. In addition to the above conditions, other types of MARSI include:

    Allergic Contact Dermatitis
    Irritant Contact Dermatitis
    Skin Stripping
    Tension Injury or Blister

    Read more about the types of MARSI here

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