Catheter Packaging

Catheters are light, thin, flexible tubes with no sharp edges. Wipak has developed special packaging materials and dedicated solutions for a variety of catheters. Our packaging choices cover both coextruded films and paper webs. Also, we offer options such as antimicrobial treatments.

Reliable catheter packaging has been validated as fit for purpose and improving patient safety. In use of sterile catheters, the thin and flexible tube is inserted into the body to treat diseases or perform a surgical procedure. They allow drainage, administration of fluids or gases, access by surgical instruments, and completion of a host of other tasks, depending on the type of catheter.

There are many types of catheters, these thin, flexible tubes can be inserted in the body for diverse treatments or surgical procedures. Modifying the material or adjusting how the catheters are manufactured customizes them for cardiovascular, urological, gastrointestinal, neurovascular, or ophthalmic applications.

Solutions to Special Catheter Packaging Needs

Light devices, such as catheters, with no sharp edges do not require thick packaging or high mechanical strength from film. Suitable film thickness is normally 50 to 100 microns. The main requirement is sterilization by EO (a breathable element such as paper is needed as the top web) or by irradiation (a film–film packaging can be used).

Sterile water can be included in the catheter packaging in a separate chamber, from which it is easily squeezed down to the catheter before use. For packaging, this entails different seal-strength requirements: one seal must allow water to come out by squeezing, but it is absolutely vital for the other seals to stay unopened. In many cases, an aluminum-based film, such as Wipak AluMed, provides the necessary moisture barrier.

Wipak Solutions to Help Combat Urinary Tract Infections

Wipak’s medical packaging materials maintain the sterility of a catheter up to its point of use. Urinary tract infections affect millions of people each year and rank as the second most common type of bodily infection. Catheter-associated urinary tract infections are the most common nosocomial infections in acute-care and extended-care facilities.

Antimicrobial treatment helps to fight bacteria that live on the packaging surface. Its importance is especially clear in home care, where the care provider is seldom a healthcare professional. However, catheterizing correctly remains the top priority.

Wipak Product Range for Catheter Packaging

  • Non-forming films: ESE, Ecotop
  • Flexible forming films: ML P, ML E, OS, PAE
  • Semi-rigid forming films: MP
  • AluMed structures, incorporating an aluminum component
  • Breathable webs: Medical papers, DuPont™ Tyvek®
  • Ready-made pouches in various types and sizes