ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Behind every successful surgical team is a sterile processing department
managing the delicate balance between ensuring that equipment is
appropriately reprocessed while maintaining productivity and efficiency.
Fast responses depend on fast results, and 3M is driving speed with the
introduction of the new 3M™ Attest™ Rapid Readout Biological Indicator
System – providing biological results for vaporized hydrogen peroxide
sterilization in just four hours.
For decades, sterile processing departments around the world have
depended on 3M™ Attest™ Biological Indicators (BIs) to monitor steam
sterilization loads. More than 850 million cycles have been monitored by
Attest BIs worldwide, and now the trusted Attest rapid readout
technology can be applied to monitoring vaporized hydrogen peroxide
With BI results in just four hours, information is ready while there is
still time to act. With this breakthrough speed, sterile processing
staff can alert surgical personnel while a patient is still in the OR,
or even stop a contaminated instrument from being used at all. Results
can be documented on the same-day, during the same shift, and perhaps
with the same operator – helping to standardize release practices and
simplify workflows. Connectivity to popular instrument tracking systems
helps teams streamline record keeping and avoid documentation errors.
“Sterilization of surgical instruments is absolutely critical, but
monitoring every load with a conventional 24-hour biological indicator
has very little practical value,” said Mojdeh Poul, president, 3M
Infection Prevention Division. “This new 4-hour rapid BI technology for
vaporized hydrogen peroxide sterilization means that all loads can be
monitored with a BI, and even quarantined until the BI result is known,
regardless of the sterilization modality – enabling healthcare
professionals to provide the same high level of care to every patient.”
3M’s breakthrough rapid BI system, consisting of the 3M™ Attest™ Rapid
Readout Biological Indicator 1295 and the 3M™ Attest™ Auto-reader 490H
is cleared for use with all current cycles in three models of STERRAD®
Sterilizers: the 100S, the 100NX®, and the NX®. These sterilizers
represent the majority of vaporized hydrogen peroxide sterilizer models
in use in the US healthcare market today.
For more information, visit go.3M.com/VH202.
3M and Attest are trademarks of 3M Company. STERRAD, 100NX, and NX
are registered trademarks of Advanced Sterilization Products, Division
of Ethicon US, LLC.
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