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Protect your patients and your practice with biological indicator (BI) results in 24 minutes.1

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    In-office sterilizer spore testing can help reduce the risk of patient exposure to contaminated dental instruments.

    The 3M™ Attest™ Mini Auto-reader 490M with 3M™ Attest™ Super Rapid Steam Biological Indicators* (spore tests) provides sterilization monitoring results in just 24 minutes.1 No more waiting days for results for your dental sterilization monitoring. Know before you release sterilized instruments for use. In-office monitoring can help reduce the risk of patient exposure to contaminated dental instruments.

    * Biological indicator's indications for use should align with the sterilization cycle to be monitored.
    1. When used with 3M™ Attest™ Mini Auto-reader 490M or with 3M™ Attest™ Auto-reader 490 or 490H with software version 4.2.7 or greater.


Dental Sterilization and Verfication

There are three critical parameters for successful steam sterilization: time, temperature, and sterilant. (Saturated steam is the go-to sterilant for dental clinics around the world.) If any one of these variables is compromised, then the cycle will not be effective —and processed instruments may not be sterile.

You can't see sterility. Routine process monitoring is the best way to make sure your sterilizers are working properly. A combination of physical, chemical and biological indicators are used to verify sterilization exposure and efficacy, and to help detect procedural errors or equipment malfunctions.

1. Physical Monitors: sterilizer recording or printout. Were correct cycle parameters used?

2. Chemical Indicators (CIs)

  • Process indicator: tape or label placed on the pack exterior. Was the pack exposed to the sterilization process?
  • Integrating Indicator: placed inside packs or individual load items. Did the sterilant penetrate the pack? Were critical process variables attained?

3. Biological Indicators (BIs): vial or strip with viable spores resistant to sterilization. Did the sterilizer effectively kill microorganisms?

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3M™ Attest™ Sterilization Monitoring Solutions are designed to help you tackle daily challenges, improve workflows and reduce costs. From inventing the first rapid steam biological indicator (BI) more than 30 years ago to offering a BI with the most FDA-cleared VH202 sterilizers and cycle types in the industry today, 3M innovations continue to provide the assurance you need.

3M™ Attest™ Super Rapid Readout Biological Indicators for Steam are the first BI products with BSI Kitemark™ certification of ISO 11138 standard.

With the science of 3M behind you, you can be confident that every sterilization cycle is monitored prior to instrument use so every patient receives a high level of care.

Learn how to save

We're here to help. Implementing 3M's simple easy-to-use, family of sterilization products is at your fingertips. Learn more about our 3M™ Attest™ 490 Starter Kits options and how you can save.

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