News | April 30, 2008

3M Health Care Addresses Key Sterile Processing 
Concerns on New Web Site

May 1, 2008 - 3M Health Care today launched a new Web site (www.3M.com/everyloadmonitoring), designed to provide objective data and key educational information to sterilization professionals.

Focused on the issue of every load monitoring with biological indicators, the new web site provides compelling reasons why sterile processing and infection control leaders should consider this best practice to provide their patients with the highest standard of care.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that there are about 1.7 million healthcare-associated infections (HAI) and approximately 99,000 associated deaths each year. Reducing a variable that can contribute to HAIs is one of many reasons for hospitals to consider every load monitoring.

In addition to contributing to the fight against HAIs, every load monitoring can also help address the breadth and depth of load recalls, as well as help sterilization professionals proactively address the upcoming changes in reporting and reimbursement related to HAIs.

“The Every Load Monitoring site is an excellent source of data. We have provided first-hand best practices from central sterilization managers on why they adopted every load monitoring and the benefits it has yielded,” said Andrew Flaherty, global marketing manager, 3M Health Care. “Additionally, there is a section on understanding biological indicators and why they are the only true measure of sterilization process lethality.”

3M Sterilization Assurance, a part of 3M Health Care’s infection prevention platform, offers products including 3M Attest Rapid Readout Biological Indicators, 3M Comply SteriGage Chemical Integrators, and 3M Steri-Vac Sterilization Equipment .

For more information: www.3M.com/everyloadmonitoring

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