US-based medical device company 3M has launched its new 3M Attest rapid readout biological indicator system to provide biological results for vaporised hydrogen peroxide sterilisation quickly.
The Attest rapid readout technology adds to 3M's Attest Biological Indicators (BIs) which record more than 850 million cycles across the world.
The technology generates the BI results within four hours.
The fast generation of result enables the sterile processing staff to alert the surgical personnel while a patient is still in the operating room and can prevent the usage of a contaminated instrument.
3M infection prevention division president Mojdeh Poul said: "Sterilisation of surgical instruments is absolutely critical, but monitoring every load with a conventional 24-hour biological indicator has very little practical value.
"This new four-hour rapid BI technology for vaporised hydrogen peroxide sterilisation means that all loads can be monitored with a BI, and even quarantined until the BI result is known, regardless of the sterilisation modality enabling healthcare professionals to provide the same high level of care to every patient."
The results can be noted on the same day, during the same shift, and can be done by the same operator thereby promoting a standardised release practices and easing the workflows as well as maintain consistency among the patients and the staffs.
The 3M Attest rapid readout biological indicator can be used in an integrated with the existing 3M instruments which are STERRAD 100S, STERRAD NX (standard and advanced cycles), and STERRAD 100NX (standard, flex, express and duo cycles) system vaporised hydrogen peroxide sterilisers.
The integration to the existing systems allows the teams to maintain the records while avoiding documentation errors.
Image: 3M Attest Rapid Readout Biological Indicator System. Photo: courtesy of 3M.