3M completes acquisition of Arizant
21 Oct 2010
3M has completed its acquisition of Arizant Inc., a
manufacturer of patient warming solutions designed to prevent
hypothermia in surgical settings.
Patient warming is a highly strategic adjacency for 3M and
integral to infection prevention. Arizant expands 3M’s infection
prevention offerings and will help to drive growth internationally.
Arizant, headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, and with
offices in France, Germany, Belgium, Austria and the UK, was
majority-owned by private equity firm Court Square Capital since
It created the category of forced-air patient warming with the
introduction of Bair Hugger therapy in 1987. Today, Arizant products
help maintain normal body temperature, known as normothermia, in
more than 20 million surgical patients annually as part of an effort
to help prevent surgical site infections and other serious
complications associated with surgical hypothermia.
3M’s infection prevention business helps hospitals reduce
healthcare-associated infections. Its wide variety of products and
systems for controlling the risk of infection includes applications
for sterilization and monitoring, hand hygiene, perioperative preps,
and surgical drapes.