Sterilization Pouches of Tyvek® Feature Outstanding Microbial Barrier
DuPont™ Tyvek® is used to make pouches in a wide range of sizes and shapes in both self-sealing and heat-sealing styles to meet the needs of medical device manufacturers and healthcare providers.
Pouches made of Tyvek® are used by medical device manufacturers for packaging a wide variety of terminally sterilized medical devices, particularly those that are low-profile and lightweight. Sterilization pouches made of Tyvek® are used in hospitals and other healthcare settings, such as out-patient surgical centers, for in-house sterilization of surgical instruments.
Tyvek® provides outstanding resistance to microbial penetration, helping to maintain sterility of the contents of pouches until opened. And when medical device and sterilization pouches are opened, Tyvek® generates very few airborne particles—unlike medical-grade papers that can release a significant number of particulates when a package is opened. This clean peel of Tyvek® minimizes the risk of introducing particulates into a clean environment.
Made of high-density polyethylene (HDPE), Tyvek® is extremely stable when exposed to sterilant gases and high-energy sterilization processes. It is compatible with all of the most commonly used sterilization methods, including ethylene oxide (EO), gamma, electron-beam, steam (under controlled conditions) and low-temperature oxidative sterilization processes. This means that no matter which process you use, Tyvek® will retain its color, flexibility and superior protective properties of microbial barrier and strength.
Another advantage of using Tyvek® for medical device and sterilization pouches is its superior tear strength and puncture resistance compared to medical-grade papers. Tyvek® is so tough, it resists punctures—even from the irregular or sharp edges of many surgical devices.
INFORMATION & IDEAS
- Guidelines for Printing on Tyvek®
- Tyvek® vs. Medical-Grade Papers
Tyvek® Retains Sterility after Aging
After terminal sterilization, Tyvek® can maintain the sterility of medical devices for at least five years, enhancing the sustainability of a medical product because it can be stored for long periods with no need to re-sterilize or re-package.
- Proven Microbial Barrier Protection
Lab Chosen for Package Testing
DuPont Medical and Pharmaceutical Protection selected Nelson Laboratories as the independent testing lab that will perform the medical package testing for the DuPont™ Tyvek® Medical Packaging Transition Project (MPTP).
- Advancing the Science of Protection
- Tyvek® Plays Role in HAI Prevention
- Measuring Properties of Tyvek®
- Heat Sealing Guidelines
- Low Lint Means Reduced Risk
- Wet or Dry, Tyvek® Outperforms Paper
- Low Risk of Device Contamination