There are many different types of sterile packaging. The type of sterile packaging that you use will depend on the sterilizing method used, the requirements for a sterile field in your process and how long it takes to package an item. It’s important to know what standards apply when choosing sterile packaging because not all packages are created equal. In this article we’ll talk about some general guidelines for sterile packaging as well as some specific standards for various methods of sterilization.
Sterilization packaging must meet certain requirements in order to be effective. The package must protect the sterile item from contamination during removal from the sterilizing chamber and during storage or transport until use. It’s important that the sterile material is packaged in a way that conforms to the sterilizing method used. There are many different types of sterile packaging, but not all packages are created equal. Make sure you familiarize yourself with the standards that apply when choosing sterile packaging.
One common type of sterile packaging is heat-sealable paperboard containers. These containers can be made of various materials including kraft paper, plastic film laminates and foil laminate films. They’re typically used for items that need to be sterilized using a method that doesn’t involve steam, such as radiation or ethylene oxide. The containers are sealed by heat-sealing the edges of the material together. They’re sterile and used to transport items that have been sterilized.
Radiation or formaldehyde disinfection of sterile items requiring both steam treatment and dry heat drying before final sealing. They can also be used as outer packages into which other forms of sterile containment may be assembled in order to provide the necessary sterility assurance level for specific applications such as blood collection set assemblies, catheter hubs etc. In this case they must meet all requirements associated with the assembling sterile component.
Ethylene oxide sterilization of sterile items requiring both steam treatment and dry heat drying before final sealing. Another common sterile packaging material is plastic. Plastic sterile packaging can be made of many different types of plastics including polyethylene, high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and low-density polyethylene (LDPE). They are typically used for items that have been sterilized using a method which involves steam such as autoclaving or ethylene oxide gas. Sterilization in an ethylene oxide chamber often requires both heat treatment to achieve sterility followed by dry heat drying before final sealing. The item must then be sterile packed into the bags while still hot enough to melt the bottom seam welds closed, but cooled sufficiently so that they do not stick together when handled cold. This there are no leaks during transport.
Autoclave-ready pouches are sterile plastic bags that can be used for packaging sterile items after they have been sterilized using steam. They’re made of heat resistant materials, which allow them to withstand temperatures between 134 and 275 degrees Celsius. It should also be transparent or translucent, flexible, free from pinholes/leaks when in the closed state, capable of being resealed without loss of sterility several times before being discarded due to breakage or expiration date. There are many different types of autoclavable packages including strip packs, tape-autoclavable packets seals etc.