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.
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Meeting Regulatory Requirements
DuPont™ Tyvek® medical and pharmaceutical packaging styles comply with the materials portion of ISO 11607-1:2006(R)2010 and meet all the acceptable performance criteria for bio-compatibility and other regulatory requirements.
- Guidelines for Printing on Tyvek®
- Tyvek® Resists Punctures
- Advancing the Science of Protection
- Heat Sealing Guidelines
- Low Lint Means Reduced Risk
- Low Risk of Device Contamination
- Proven Microbial Barrier Protection
- Tyvek® Plays Role in HAI Prevention
- Wet or Dry, Tyvek® Outperforms Paper
- 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.