3M Announces Optimized “Super Rapid” Biological Indicator System That Delivers Results in Record Time

  3M Announces Optimized “Super Rapid” Biological Indicator System That
  Delivers Results in Record Time

 Biological results up to three times faster than currently available systems

Business Wire

MINNEAPOLIS -- July 8, 2013

Well-defined and properly monitored cleaning and sterilization practices are
vital to achieving infection prevention goals within healthcare facilities.
Busy surgery schedules, complex instrument sets and varying manufacturer
instructions for use (IFUs) create a challenging environment for sterile
processing teams to balance speed and quality. For many facilities, a robust
sterilization monitoring quality process includes 3M^™ Attest^™ Biological
Indicators. 3M ^ today announced the availability of the new 3M^™ Attest^™
Super Rapid Readout Biological Indicator System for steam sterilization
cycles, which offers biological confirmation of a successful instrument
sterilization process up to three times faster than previously possible.

3M Attest Super Rapid Biological Indicator System (Photo: Business Wire)

3M Attest Super Rapid Biological Indicator System (Photo: Business Wire)

“It’s a huge technological milestone with clear efficiency benefits,” said
Tushar Kshirsagar, global business director, 3M Sterilization. “With the new,
optimized Attest  system, BI results are available in about the time it takes
to cool a load, and instruments and implants can be released to the OR much

A biological indicator (BI) is a self-contained test system containing viable
microorganisms providing a defined resistance to a specified sterilization
process.^1 Biological indicators provide direct evidence of sterilization
cycle lethality by challenging the process with highly resistant spores.
However, this high level of sterility assurance previously required a
three-hour incubation period, with some or all loads quarantined until BI
results were known. The new Attest  Super Rapid Readout system yields three
times faster results for pre-vacuum steam sterilization cycles (brown cap),
with results available in one hour instead of three hours. For
gravity-displacement steam sterilization cycles (blue cap), results are two
times faster, available in just 30 minutes, instead of one hour. Comparisons
are based on the performance of the 3M Attest Rapid Readout Biological
Indicator products.

By providing fast, accurate results, Attest Super Rapid Readout BIs may help
to increase patient safety, make hospitals more efficient and bring the peace
of mind that comes with the confidence of a biological result. Additional
benefits of the new system include:

  *Improved speed and efficiency: Faster biological results can increase set
    turnaround and utilization, helping facilities manage instrument costs and
    keep the OR on schedule.
  *Reduced need for early release documentation: With faster BI results,
    implants can be released quickly with the confidence of a negative
    biological result, potentially reducing frequency of emergency release
  *Lower risk and severity of recalls: Should a recall occur due to a
    sterilizer failure, having a faster BI result can improve response time,
    lessening the severity of the recall.

New connectivity options: The new 3M ^ Auto-reader 490 can connect to select
instrument tracking systems and also offers a custom application allowing BI
status to be checked remotely and results to be printed or saved
electronically. The new system includes:

Load monitoring for 132°C (270°F) 4-minute and 135°C (275°F) 3-minute
Vacuum-Assisted Steam Sterilization cycles

  *3M Attest Super Rapid Readout Biological Indicator 1492V (brown cap)
  *3M Attest Super Rapid Readout Steam Challenge Pack 1496V
  *3M ^ Attest Super Rapid 5 Steam-Plus Challenge Pack 41482V

Load monitoring for 132°C (270°F) and 135°C (275°F) 3-minute and 10-minute
Gravity-Displacement Steam Sterilization cycles

  *3M Attest Super Rapid Readout Biological Indicator 1491 (blue cap) —
    available later in 2013

Auto-reader for use with all Attest Super Rapid Readout BIs

  *3M Attest Auto-reader 490

“Time is vital in the healthcare industry,” notes Sam Del Toro, CRCST, manager
sterile processing department. “3M Attest Super Rapid Readout Biological
Indicators provide us with the fastest results, allowing us to safely and
reliably monitor every load and consistently provide the high standard of care
that our patients expect and deserve.”

For more information about the 3M ^ Attest Super Rapid Readout Biological
Indicator system, please visit go.3M.com/AttestSuperRapidBI. For more
information about 3M Infection Prevention solutions, visit

About 3M Infection Prevention Division

The 3M Infection Prevention Division is on a mission to provide healthcare
professionals solutions to minimize the risks of healthcare-associated
infections. Combining science and technology, 3M has introduced more than 40
distinct technology platforms and a comprehensive portfolio of quality
products that help the healthcare industry define and address current
infection prevention best practices. With its system of people, products and
processes, 3M Infection Prevention remains a trusted partner committed to
helping customers lead the way in controlling the risk of infection. For more
information, please visit www.3M.com/infectionprevention.

About 3M

3M captures the spark of new ideas and transforms them into thousands of
ingenious products. Our culture of creative collaboration inspires a
never-ending stream of powerful technologies that make life better. 3M is the
innovation company that never stops inventing. With $30 billion in sales, 3M
employs 88,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 70countries.
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^1 Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation. Comprehensive
guide to steam sterilization and sterility assurance in health care
facilities. ANSI/AAMI ST79:2010 & A1:2010 & A2:2011 & A3:2013

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