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3M Equipment Monitoring

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  • Equipment Monitoring

    Equipment monitoring reveals whether or not your steriliser is doing its job properly. For monitoring vacuum-assisted steam sterilisers, begin each day with a 3M™ Comply™ Bowie-Dick Plus Test Pack. The test is designed to detect air leaks, inadequate air removal, inadequate steam penetration, and the presence of non-condensable gases, any of which can compromise sterility.

    The Comply Bowie-Dick test pack with Early Warning Test Sheet also provides advance notice of steriliser problems, so that the steriliser can be repaired at your convenience instead of being forced out of use and disrupting the work of your department.


  • Interpreting Results

    The 3M™ Comply™ Bowie-Dick Plus Test Pack is designed to evaluate the effectiveness of the air removal system in pre-vacuum steam sterilisers and to detect residual air in the chamber. A uniform colour change to dark brown/black is a PASS. A non-uniform colour change showing a lighter-coloured area in the centre of the test sheet is a FAIL, indicating residual air in the steriliser chamber. We’ve created a chart to help with interpretation of the test results.

    Download the 3M™ Comply™ Bowie-Dick Plus Test Pack 00135LF interpretation chart


  • Featured Product: 3M™ Comply™ Bowie-Dick Plus Test Pack 00135LF

    Designed for dynamic-air-removal sterilisers, the Comply Bowie-Dick test pack is used to measure the efficacy of the vacuum system in removing air from the steriliser chamber and detect leaks in the system.

    Features include:
    • An indicator pattern that is easy to read and interpret
    • Lead-free ink to eliminate hazardous waste issues
    • An early warning test sheet that can provide advance notice of sterilizer problems, so the steriliser can be repaired before it must be taken out of use

    Download the 3M™ Comply™ Bowie-Dick Plus Test Pack 00135LF brochure (PDF, 439.31 KB).


  • Equipment Monitoring Best Practices

    Get reliable results by following these best practices.

    • Use a Type 2 Bowie-Dick type test pack every day inside vacuum-assisted sterilisers
    • The Bowie-Dick test should always be run in a warm steriliser to avoid false failures
    • Place the Bowie-Dick test pack on the bottom shelf of the cart, over the drain, in an empty steriliser.
    • Read and record the physical monitors on the steriliser for every load.

    If the Bowie-Dick test shows a PASS, you can begin your daily sterilisation routine. Continue to track the physical monitors on your sterilisers.


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