3M introduces faster BI test for vH202 sterilisation in US

The biological indicator (BI) for vapourised hydrogen peroxide sterilisation achieves results in 24-minutes, helping healthcare facilities enhance patient safety, says US-based 3M

3M Attest Rapid Readout Biological lndicator 1295 for vapourised hydrogen peroxide sterilisation

Healthcare facilities can obtain faster sterility assurance results for surgical instruments following the Food & Drug Administration’s 510(k) clearance of the 3M Attest Rapid Readout Biological Indicator (BI) System for vapourised hydrogen peroxide sterilisation (vH202).

Designed for use with 3M Attest Rapid Readout the Biological Indicator provides results in just 24 minutes

BI results for vH202 sterilisation cycles with the 3M Attest system can now be read in just 24 minutes — the fastest readout compared to any other FDA cleared product on the market, says the company, and making the practice of every load monitoring increasingly feasible.

The 24-minute time to result is 10 times faster than 3M’s previous time of four hours, achieved with the 2016 release of the 3M Attest Rapid BI System for vH202.

3M scientists were able to increase system capabilities to achieve a faster readout time following the initial launch. Programming developments to the Attest Auto-reader 490H make it possible for existing users of the four-hour system to upgrade to the 24-minute version. Customers will not be charged for this upgrade. Prior to 3M’s development of four-hour BI test results, vH202 BI readouts typically took 24 hours.

With the 24-minute BI for vH202, 3M offers a comprehensive rapid BI portfolio across the three sterilisation modalities commonly used in healthcare facilities worldwide — vH202, steam and ethylene oxide.

The company says complete and connected sterilisation solutions allow department managers to bring consistency to sterilisation practices and create a standard release policy. Consistency can also help simplify training, reduce workflow errors, and increase compliance with protocols—all of which contribute to increased patient safety.

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