DuPont™ Tyvek® for Header Bags Enables EO Sterilization
When your medical device requires a film-film package or foil pouch, header bags made with DuPont™ Tyvek® provide a solution for enabling ethylene oxide (EO) sterilization.
Some medical devices and procedure kits are packaged in film-film packages or foil pouches because they require a barrier to light, oxygen or moisture. These packaged medical devices and procedure kits cannot be sterilized with EO without the use of a header bag or breather patch made of a porous packaging material such as Tyvek®.
Header bags made with Tyvek® enable EO sterilization of medical devices within film-film packages and foil pouches because Tyvek® allows the moisture and heat from EO sterilization to pass in—and out—of the package.
In addition to enabling EO sterilization, headers made with Tyvek® have superior puncture resistance compared to headers made with medical-grade paper. Header bags made with Tyvek® also offer superior moisture resistance and microbial barrier compared to those made with medical-grade papers.
Tyvek® for Sterile Packaging
DuPont™ Tyvek® medical and pharmaceutical packaging provides trusted durable sterile packaging choices.
Information & Ideas
- Tyvek® vs. Medical-Grade Papers
- Guidelines for Printing on Tyvek®
- Start Sterile, Stay Sterile
Tyvek® Retains Sterility after Aging
After terminal sterilization, Tyvek® can maintain the sterility of medical devices for at least five years, enhancing the sustainability of a medical product because it can be stored for long periods with no need to re-sterilize or re-package.
- Low Lint Means Reduced Risk
- Low Risk of Device Contamination
- Proven Microbial Barrier Protection
Meeting Regulatory Requirements
DuPont™ Tyvek® medical and pharmaceutical packaging styles comply with the materials portion of ISO 11607-1:2006(R)2010 and meet all the acceptable performance criteria for bio-compatibility and other regulatory requirements.
- Measuring Properties of Tyvek®
- Tyvek® Resists Punctures
- Wet or Dry, Tyvek® Outperforms Paper
- Heat Sealing Guidelines