Sterilization pouches are used to perform sterilizing applications. These are packaging solutions to protect the medical equipment and devices from getting exposed to the bacteria and cross-transmission of infectious diseases from one person to another. These pouches also ensure protection from chemicals used in sterilization till the time that equipment is again used. These pouches have an indicator on them to indicate that the equipment is being sterilized.
The sterilization pouches are basically constructed by medical kraft paper. The other materials used in their manufacturing are nylon PET or PP multilayers copolymer film. For the construction of indicators, ethyl oxide and non-toxic ink are used. These pouches are available in a wide range of sizes and shapes.
How does sterilization pouches work?
This basic application of sterilization pouches is to sterilize the contaminated medical devices. After using the medical device, they are being sealed in the sterilization pouches and then starts the process of sterilization. These packages are usually designed to contain a single item at a time. Following are the steps in which sterilization takes place.
After performing these steps, you will have to wait for the specified time. After that, you are ready to check the indicator.
This indicator is used outside the package and tells if the packaging is being penetrated by sterilant or not.
This indicator is usually a steam indicator and is used to make sure that the instrument in the packaging is exposed to the process of sterilization.
After completing the process of sterilization, leave instruments in the packaging for a while and organize them in a good manner. The sterilized instruments will remain sterilized until the pouch is not opened or exposed to water.
Benefits of sterilization pouches
Following are the benefits of using sterilization pouches.
Using sterilization pouches is a series of steps we must take to ensure the safety of health care workers and patients. Whether in using contaminated devices or making the mistake of not wearing a safety apron, a little mismanagement in health care can go a long way. So, we should make sure to take every safety measure. Always prefer good quality sterilization pouches to ensure maximum safety.