Feature

Peelable pouches just what the doctors ordered

Appearances matter, even in the medical industry.


Print this page

February 1, 2008 by Canadian Plastics



Appearances matter, even in the medical industry.

So when operating room doctors at an Austin, Tex. hospital expressed their desire for a new style of peelable chevron header pouch — used to seal three-dimensional objects intended for use during surgery — flexible packager Rollprint Packaging responded with its new Duet product.

The Duet pouch is manufactured by heat sealing a strip of DuPont’s Tyvek high-density polyethylene film to a polyester/ extrusion-coated sealant to create the first side of the structure. The next step is to three-side, heat-seal the Tyvek/film combination to a layer of polyester/poly. At the bottom, the polyester/extrusion-coated layer extends slightly beyond the polyester/poly film side, creating access tabs at both corners where a dual chevron-opening feature has been created.

According to Rollprint Packaging, the dual chevron at the outer edge makes it easier for operating room personnel — used to having only one opening option — to open and remove such objects as trays, tubing and various kits without flaps potentially compromising the aseptic presentation.

Rollprint Packaging Products Inc. (Addison, Ill.); www.rollprint.com; 508-520-9784