The healthcare industry is always looking for ways to cut down costs, without endangering patients and usually takes advantage of the latest advances of the science of materials. There is a notable exception to this rule, and it is the old faithful Tyvek, introduced over 4 decades ago which is still the most used material for tags, sterile suits and medicine packaging.
The main reason for Tyvek’s popularity is the cost-benefit ratio. This durable material with the same features as paper regarding the ability to write on is also tough, water resistant and acts more like a plastic.
Hospitals prefer Tyvek to paper as it does not deteriorate easily, does not age and is just better suited for an environment that requires sterilization.
“Since it was introduced to the industry more than 40 years ago, DuPont™ Tyvek® for medical packaging has been playing a key role in advancing medical device technology and protecting the health of literally millions of patients worldwide. Recognized as a standard of excellence in healthcare packaging, Tyvek® is used in virtually every form of sterile medical packaging and a wide variety of pharmaceutical packaging applications—both sterile and non-sterile.”
Tyvek is also used in patient wristbands to help identification and medication and is comfortable to wear, hypoallergenic and safe, even for infants.
Compliance to healthcare regulations is getting harder each day, as new standards emerge to make hospitals safer places and prevent infections. Tyvek has stood the test of time and its medical versions ending in letter “B” or “FS” were proven to be safe against bacteria penetration and fungi. The producer enlists the medical standards which were used during the design and refinement of this material:
To give you an example of how safe this material is, just think that this is the stuff used to make the bunny suits that protect health workers against Ebola when interacting with contaminated patients.
It is also the fabric used in all surgical costumes, protecting the patient from infections and the doctors and nurses from the blood and body fluids resulting from surgery.
Better than paper
As described above, Tyvek is able to create a protective barrier, but it is also a great replacement for medical grade paper, as regards the particle penetration, deemed to be best protected against by Tyvek 1073B, resistance to breakage, moisture and a clean peel.
It is described to have a natural advantage over other materials since it is not woven, has no bindings and it is sterile, being totally synthetic.
Tyvek Tags and Pouches by Doranix prove how this material can be customized just like paper, it can be easily printed by a wide range of commercial printing solutions, such as inkjets or flexography. If you are looking for a way to keep track of your patients or to store medication in a lean system don’t hesitate to use a solution that promises to offer:
- Excellent resistance to microbial penetration, even in highly contaminated environments and under the toughest conditions
- Reduces risk of faulty packaging significantly.
- Reduces contamination risk for the device it covers.
Printing your tags on Tyvek results in a highly resistant item, which is reusable as long as the information in up to date.