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We are on a mission to reduce the risk of preventable surgical site infections

Safe surgery starts with safe instruments. For over 50 years, 3M has maintained a trusted reputation for creating innovative sterilization products. Our sterilization products and solutions help to improve the knowledge, professionalism and productivity of entire sterile processing departments.


Guardians of Sterilization

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Internal Pack Monitoring

Chemical indicators provide assurance to operating room teams that instruments have been properly sterilized.

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Equipment Monitoring

Bowie and Dick tests offer an independent way to ensure that the sterilizer is doing its job properly.

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External Pack Monitoring

Indicator Tapes show at a glance that a pack has been exposed to sterilization conditions

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Load Monitoring

Biological Indicators offer a convenient way of directly demonstrating at the load level that the sterilizer has the ability to kill microbial spores

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    The link between sterilization failures and risk to patients

    This on-demand webinar provides a clear view on how sterilization can affect patient outcomes and how to best mitigate the risks within quality assurance in the CSSD.

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    Do you know that international guidelines require monitoring of every load?
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    Collection of all the fundamental information of the sterilization process in a single, easy-to-read whitepaper

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Best practice monitoring programmes for sterilization cycles use all four monitoring options TOGETHER routinely to ensure the maximum chance of a non-compliant sterilization cycle being identified and the surgical instruments being removed from use.


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    Equipment Control – Bowie Dick Test

    Equipment monitoring is a way to find out whether or not your sterilizer is doing its job properly. To monitor vacuum-assisted steam sterilizers, you should begin each day with a daily steam penetration test (Bowie and Dick test) to detect air leaks, inadequate air removal, inadequate steam penetration and the presence of non-condensable gases, any of which can compromise sterility. It is important that the Bowie and Dick test be independent of the sterilizer.


  • Biological indicator for sterilization load monitoring

    Load Control – Biological Indicators

    Load monitoring is the process by which a load is monitored and released based on the final negative result of a Biological Indicator (BI). Only a BI can offer convenient detection of the actual killing of spores inside the sterilizer. As a best practice and to provide optimal patient safety, 3M recommends that every sterilization load be monitored with an appropriate biological indicator inserted into an appropriate process challenge device.


  • Chemical indicator strips for internal pack monitoring

    Internal Pack Control – Chemical Indicators

    Internal pack monitoring verifies that the steam sterilization conditions are established inside the pack and the World Health Organisation (WHO) surgical safety check list1 requires that the pack sterility should be verified. This can be achieved by using a chemical indicator in every pack.


  • Chemical indicator tapes for external pack monitoring

    External Pack Control – Exposure Tapes

    External pack monitoring allows anyone to see at a glance whether packs have been exposed to the sterilization process. Usually consisting of tapes or labels, these Type 1 process indicators undergo a colour change when exposed to the sterilant.