When patients head to the hospital for a procedure or surgery, they may take for granted all the steps health care facilities put in place to make sure the medical instruments to be used have been thoroughly cleaned and sterilized.
Healthcare facilities’ objective is to minimize the risk to patients of surgical site infections by destroying microorganisms on the devices before they are reused.
Today, sterile processing teams are able to get results in under 30 minutes for steam and vaporized hydrogen peroxide (VH202) sterilization cycles. But that certainly has not always been the case. See how 3M Science has helped reduce readout times (PDF, 593.74 KB) for BI results since the 1970s.
Faster BI results can have an enormous impact by having surgical tools more readily available. But the biggest impact on patient safety is that using biological indicators to monitor every load can reduce the risk of sterilization failures and help improve the standard of patient care.
3M scientists continue to work with healthcare providers to get innovations like these out the door to help improve patient outcomes decade after decade.
1. How are Reusable Medical Devices Reprocessed, U.S. Food & Drug Administration
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