Of US CI Users Surveyed:
* Gestalt Quantitative Customer survey of OR professionals commissioned by 3M, December 2018. Type 5 chemical Integrators (CIs) tested included 3M™ Attest™, 3M™ Comply™ SteriGage™, Steris™, and Getinge™ Steam CIs.
¹ CIs were placed in an actual instrument tray, shown to respondents in images of simulated-use conditions.
² CIs were exposed to a steam sterilization cycle, shown to respondents in images of simulated-use conditions.
³ Preference based when comparison products are similarly priced, commercially available, and perform as intended.
We have a new, smaller auto-reader available to meet your multi-facility/department needs.
*The 3M™ Attest™ Mini Auto-reader 490M is compatible with Attest™ biological indicators 1491, 1492V and 1295. Sterilization cycles must align with a biological indicator's instructions for use.
For sterilization purposes, steam offers unmatched advantages. It’s cheap, it’s non-toxic and it’s proven. For more than 100 years, it’s been the go-to sterilant for reliable performance.
It’s an effective, efficient and inexpensive method for sterilizing items that are not damaged by high heat, such as scalpels and scissors.
However, steam is not recommended for every situation. As medical equipment becomes increasingly sophisticated, there are more items that require low-temperature sterilants such as hydrogen peroxide and ethylene oxide.
Ensuring the safety of sterilized items takes more than just following procedures. Tests for efficacy of the process are a critical component to making sure every instrument is safe to use on patients. As a leader in the field, 3M has been developing and improving technology for sterilization assurance for decades.
Our comprehensive Attest™ Biological Indicator product portfolio provides sterilization assurance monitoring solutions across three modalities: steam, vaporized hydrogen peroxide (VH2O2) and Ethylene Oxide (EO).
With the 3M™ Attest™ BI system, you get consistent equipment, interfaces, supporting materials, processes and training, to help reduce the risk of human error and help teams work more effectively. In addition, you gain access to service, support, training and 70 years of sterilization assurance experience. 3M backs its sterilization assurance technology and products with teams of technical and support experts. Download the Attest brand Advantage brochure (PDF, 4 MB).
3M offers biological indicators (BI), chemical indicators (CI), tape and other accessories for load, pack, and exposure monitoring.
Biological Indicators (BI)
BIs contain a known number of live microorganisms and are used to assess the efficacy of a sterilization cycle. AAMI standards define BIs as the only sterilization process monitoring device that provides a direct measure of the lethality of the process.1 Releasing every load based on a BI result is recognized as a best practice, and faster BI results make it even easier to do.
Chemical Indicators (CI)
Internal pack monitoring is a crucial step in any sterilization process. Chemical indicators (CIs) give you the information you need about the exposure conditions achieved within a pack, tray, container or peel pouch. A chemical indicator placed inside a pack can let you know if sterilization conditions has penetrated to the point of placement.
3M™ Comply™ Indicator tapes act as an exposure monitor that securely seals packs while providing assurance that the package has been exposed to the steam sterilization process. The Chemical Indicator lines will show a visual color change from off-white/tan to dark brown/black when the tape is exposed to a steam sterilization process.
The AAMI ST79 Comprehensive guide to steam sterilization and sterility assurance in health care facilities is a go-to resource for all healthcare facilities that process medical instruments with steam sterilization.
We're pleased to make available a convenient summary of the quality assurance guidelines. Get access to the summary for use in your department.
Whether you’re interested in a product, education, or training, our 3M device reprocessing representatives are here to help. If you’re looking for live technical support, please call the Tech Help Line at 1-800-441-1922 option 2.
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1. ANSI/AAMI ST79:2017 Comprehensive guide to steam sterilization and sterility assurance in health care facilities.