Propper Manufacturing Company announces new Bowie-Dick sterilizer test.

New Ecos™ Bowie-Dick Test Pack provides hospitals with a test that reduces costs associated with waste processing and eliminates safe handling and environmental concerns.

Feb 01, 2016, 16:58 ET from Propper Manufacturing Company, Inc.

NEW YORK, Feb. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Propper Manufacturing Company, a leading provider of sterile processing tests and solutions, announces the launch of the Ecos Bowie-Dick test: a technician-friendly and eco-friendly test for prevacuum sterilizers, Ecos addresses the increasing concerns of technician safety, ease-of-use and hazardous waste processing in healthcare facilities.

Reusable Bowie-Dick tests are often associated with long cool down times and performance inconsistencies which are inconvenient in fast-paced, efficiently run sterile processing departments. As a result, performing the daily AAMI ST-79 recommended Bowie-Dick sterilizer test is commonly done with disposable packs. Disposable packs enter the hospital waste stream and, due to the presence of heavy metals such as lead, bismuth or chromium, are often designated for hazardous waste disposal. The additional expense associated with hazardous waste disposal is typically viewed within the hospital supply chain as a hidden "soft cost", but given the increasing sophistication in cost analysis, it is becoming an increasingly visible expense.

Lead and other potentially hazardous heavy metals are eliminated in the manufacture of the Ecos Bowie-Dick Test, making the test pack completely recyclable and biodegradable; addressing the associated hazardous waste processing cost and the related concern of technician exposure to heavy metals.

"Reliability, ease-of-use and performance are top-priority in all new chemical indicator products, and Ecos is no exception." states Andrew Sharavara, Ph.D., Chief Technical Officer for Propper. "This new test pack combines best-in-class performance with an unmatched reduction in healthcare personnel & environmental concerns."

About Bowie-Dick Testing

Drs. J. Bowie & J. Dick devised the AAMI-recommended Bowie-Dick test to ensure adequate penetration of steam and removal of residual air inside steam sterilizer chambers. Propper launched the first pre-printed single-use test sheet in 1968. In 1982 they manufactured the first preassembled single-use pack and continue to introduce innovative sterilization process monitoring tests.  

About Propper Mfg. Co., Inc.

Propper manufactures industry leading sterility assurance and diagnostic tests in the USA (Long Island City, NY). Founded in 1935 as a medical manufacturing company, Propper garnered a reputation for resource-conscious medical device innovation and continues to develop top performing and environmentally safe sterilization indicators. In addition to the Ecos Bowie Dick test pack, Propper is a trusted manufacturer of sterility assurance products, laboratory supplies, diagnostic & surgical instruments with over 100 innovative patents. More information about Propper can be found on their website:

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