DuPont™ Tyvek® 1059B for Sterile Medical Packaging
Tyvek® 1059B provides robust protection for medium-risk, sterile medical packaging applications. Lighter weight than Tyvek® 1073B, this proven performer is ideal for smaller devices and those with rounded edges.
Recognized as a standard of excellence for sterile medical packaging, Tyvek® 1059B offers outstanding resistance to microbial penetration, significantly reduced risk of package failure, compatibility with a broad range of sterilization methods, and a low risk of device contamination.
Outstanding Resistance to Microbial Penetration
Even under the most rigorous conditions in highly contaminated environments, Tyvek® 1059B is highly resistant to penetration by bacterial spores and other contaminating microorganisms. Microbial barrier test data consistently prove that all styles of Tyvek® for sterile medical packaging—Tyvek® 1073B, Tyvek® 1059B and Tyvek® 2FS™—hold out bacterial spores and test particles better than other commercially available porous medical packaging materials, including medical-grade papers. In addition, a long-term shelf life study proved conclusively that Tyvek® 1059B can maintain sterility for at least five years if package integrity is not compromised.
Significantly Reduced Risk of Package Failure
The tough, continuous filaments of Tyvek® 1059B help protect package integrity from both product breakthrough inside and rough handling outside. Compared to medical-grade papers, Tyvek® 1059B has superior tear strength and puncture resistance. What’s more, because it is breathable, Tyvek® 1059B minimizes the formation of condensation due to temperature extremes that can occur during transport.
Compatibility with a Broad Range of Sterilization Methods
Unlike medical-grade papers and films, Tyvek® 1059B is compatible with all of the most commonly used sterilization methods. So no matter which process you use for your sterile medical packaging—ethylene oxide (EO), gamma, electron-beam, steam (under controlled conditions) or newer methods (such as low-temperature oxidative sterilization)—Tyvek® 1059B will retain its protective properties, color and flexibility.
Low Risk of Device Contamination
The unique structure of Tyvek® 1059B—tough, continuous filaments—creates both a tortuous path for superior microbial barrier and excellent strength properties. It also means that Tyvek® 1059B generates very few airborne particles when sterile medical packaging is opened or handled. This clean peel minimizes the risk of introducing particulates into a clean environment.
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.
INFORMATION & IDEAS
- Tyvek® vs. Medical-Grade Papers
- Medical Packaging Design Essentials
- Tyvek® Plays Role in HAI Prevention
- Proven Microbial Barrier Protection
- Sustainability in Healthcare Packaging
Lab Chosen for Package Testing
DuPont Medical and Pharmaceutical Protection selected Nelson Laboratories as the independent testing lab that will perform the medical package testing for the DuPont™ Tyvek® Medical Packaging Transition Project (MPTP).