MMM SteamSpy: The integrated and electronic alternative for Bowie-Dick test and batch control
Save time and money! The MMM SteamSpy is the traditional Bowie-Dick test and batch control in one.
For decades, the Bowie-Dick test was carried out by means of a towel pack or a variety of paper sheets and chemical indicators that provided evidence of sufficient air removal and good steam penetration within porous loads. This proof is still required today to ensure there are no air pockets or pockets of non-condensable gases left within the porous or hollow load. Air pockets or pockets of non-condensable gases can be one of the reasons why sterilization temperatures are not achieved.
Regular supervision of air removal and steam penetration during each sterilization cycle by means of chemical indicators is standard practice in CSSDs for both small and large steam sterilizers. However, the costs involved for consumables are a noticeable factor when you consider the running costs per sterile unit.
Such control mechanisms always require manual handling and thus precious labour time, putting additional stress on the personnel for starting the program, inserting and removing indicators as well as evaluating and archiving the results. In times of a rising cost pressure and the demand for ever increasing efficiency this is valuable labour time that is lost.