BD Sterilization Facility
BD’s facility in Columbus, Nebraska is one of the world’s largest producers of pre-fillable syringes, needles and pre-filled saline flush syringes, products that are essential for patient care.
To protect patients from the risks of infectious diseases caused by bacteria, viruses, and fungi, the FDA requires the sterilization of these medical devices.
In the final stage of the manufacturing process, BD must use ethylene oxide gas (EtO) to sterilize some of these products. EtO it is the only type of sterilization that can be used for these sensitive medical products. Other sterilization methods (e.g. radiation, steam, chloride dioxide, vaporized hydrogen peroxide) will damage the products or are unable to ensure the required level of sterility.