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VERIFY® Bowie-Dick Test Pack

  • Disposable, single-use air removal test pack with a distinctive color change
  • Unique failure pattern helps identify a variety of potential failures
  • Equivalent in performance to the AAMI Bowie Dick Test

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The VERIFY Bowie Dick Test Pack is an air removal test for autoclaves/steam sterilizers and steam penetration. A chemical indicator is in the center of each pack, and the advanced technology in our thermochromic ink formulation can aid in the detection of a variety of steam quality issues.

How the VERIFY Bowie Dick Test Pack Works

The Bowie Dick (Air removal) Test verifies that the prevacuum sterilizer effectively removes air and is equivalent to the AAMI Bowie Dick Test, removing the need for test packs to be constructed by staff. The test pack is placed directly into an otherwise empty autoclave chamber and does not require a retaining device. During the test cycle, steam must displace the air through the barrier material within the Bowie Dick Test Pack. A uniform change from yellow to blue/purple on the indicator sheet indicates that all the air was removed and replaced by steam.

Why choose the VERIFY Bowie Dick Test Pack?

  • Disposable, single-use air removal test pack
  • Equivalent to the AAMI Bowie Dick Test, eliminates the need to construct test packs
  • Abrupt and distractive color change from yellow to blue/purple
  • Indicator sheet can be kept as a permanent record
  • Clear results reduce the likelihood of misinterpretation
  • Manufactured in the absence of lead or other heavy metals

Other Sterility Assurance and Monitoring Products

Biological Indicators

  • For routine monitoring, product testing and qualification of steam, EO, and vaporized hydrogen peroxide sterilization processes

Chemical Indicators

  • Internal chemical indicator strips and challenge packs capture sterilization or disinfection failures through immediate results

Daily Air Removal Test/Bowie-Dick Test

  • Evaluate the performance of prevacuum sterilizers by confirming adequate air removal from the sterilizer chamber

Reusable Test Packs

  • Designed to challenge vacuum assisted steam sterilizers, these reusable test packs offer environmental and budgetary benefits

Record Keeping and Labeling

  • Envelopes, forms, record cards and labels to quickly document common sterilization, high level disinfection and cleaning processes

Browse a complete Item Number list and easily reorder VERIFY® Bowie-Dick Test Pack products on Shop STERIS.

Product Number Description  
EQC009 VERIFY BOWIE DICK TEST PACK (BOX OF 20 PACKS)

Download the Bowie-Dick Troubleshooting Guide to learn what possible failures mean, and next steps to take in the event of a failure.

Is it a requirement to do a Bowie Dick Test every day?

Yes, a Bowie Dick test should be performed after a warm-up cycle at the beginning of everyday a prevacuum steam sterilizer is in operation.

What is the right sequence of steam sterilization testing?

A warm-up cycle should be completed first in the steam sterilizer. Next, a Bowie Dick Test should be performed to validate that all air has been removed. Finally, a routine Biological Indicator (BI) test is performed per facility policy. 

TECH DATA SHEET
Document # Document Title
VERIFY BOWIE-DICK TEST PACK
SDS
Document # Document Title
VERIFY BOWIE DICK TEST PACK
VERIFY BOWIE DICK TEST PACK - SPANISH FOR MEXICO
VERIFY BOWIE DICK TEST PACK - UNITED KINGDOM
BROCHURE
Document # Document Title
BOWIE DICK BROCHURE
SAMPLE PROCEDURES
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SAMPLE PROCEDURES - STERILITY ASSURANCE PRODUCTS - EQC009; EQC010
WALL CHARTS
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SELECTION, USE & INTERPRETATION GUIDE FOR VERIFY BOWIE DICK TEST PACKS DAILY AIR REMOVAL TESTING-BOWIE DICK TEST FOR PREVACUUM STERILIZERS ONLY-FR CA
SELECTION, USE AND INTERPRETATION GUIDE FOR VERIFY BOWIE DICK TEST PACKS WALL CHART
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