BD Sterilization Facility
BD’s facility in Sandy, Utah is the world’s largest producer of IV lines as well as other vascular products critical for patient care. To protect patients from the risks of infectious diseases caused by bacteria, viruses, and fungi, the FDA requires the sterilization of medical devices, including IV lines and similar clinical products.
In the final stage of manufacturing IV lines in Sandy, BD must use ethylene oxide gas (EtO) for sterilization. EtO is the only type of sterilization that can be used for IV lines and other sensitive medical products. Other sterilization methods (eg. radiation, steam, chloride dioxide, vaporized hydrogen peroxide) will damage the products or are unable to ensure the required level of sterility.