In response to healthcare professionals’ growing interest in reducing the need for different packaging for various sterilization techniques, Amcor has introduced its Ultra pouches that provide a “one-stop solution” for the sterilization of all reusable medical devices, according to the company. Amcor’s Ultra pouches are now certified for vaporized hydrogen peroxide sterilization as well as steam sterilization at 134oC.
|Amcor's Ultra pouches are compatible with steam and hydrogen peroxide sterilization and are available in a range of sizes. Image courtesy Amcor.|
Hospital sterilization centers predominantly rely on steam sterilization, reserving hydrogen peroxide sterilization for instruments that are particularly sensitive to high temperatures. To accommodate both methods of sterilization, hospitals have traditionally used different packaging depending on the process and the nature of the instruments being sterilized. This requires hospitals to hold a large variety of stock and account for additional staff time to support these exacting processes.
Ultra pouches provide a simplified alternative as they can be used for both steam and hydrogen peroxide sterilization and are available in a range of sizes. Ultra pouches also deliver a number of other benefits, said Amcor, including puncture-resistance because of the tough porous web and a clear film construction that allows the Ultra pouch to retain its integrity when stored and moved in the hospital environment. Other benefits include speed of use compared with traditional wrap systems and a window of resilient clear film that allows users to visually confirm contents without opening the packaging and compromising sterility.
The new accreditation provides the assurance that Ultra pouches are compliant with the latest international and European EN 868 and ISO 11607 standards, including the Sterile Barrier System (SBS) requirement. This makes the pouches suitable for use with all reusable surgical devices sterilized either by steam or hydrogen peroxide.
“We’ve already had very positive feedback from customers, many of whom are benefitting from increased efficiencies thanks to Ultra’s superior seal-strength and burst-resistant durability,” said Max Baruch, Hospital Sales Director for Amcor. “Now, with this new accreditation, we’re confident we are delivering the ultimate in convenience, backed by the hallmarks of quality and reliability we’ve built our reputation on.”