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Method and packaging system for packaging a sterilized item

Imported: 24 Feb '17 | Published: 06 Jan '04

Percival C. Banks

USPTO - Utility Patents

Abstract

A method, packaging system and packaging element for packaging a sterilizable item for aseptic presentation onto a sterile field wherein the vertical orientation of the sterilizable item does not need to be reversed during packaging, sterilization, unpackaging or presentation and instructions for handling are printed on the packaging element so that they are exposed when the packaging element is folded according to the packaging system and method.

Description

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a representation of an exemplary packaging system for a sterilizable item embodying the present invention.

FIG. 2 is a representation of an inner packaging element for the packaging system shown in FIG. 1 in the initial stage of unpackaging.

FIG. 3 is an illustration of the inner packaging element prior to folding;

FIG. 4 is an illustration of the inner packaging element partially folded and in relation to the item to be sterilized;

FIG. 5 is an illustration of the inner packaging element in an intermediate stage of folding;

FIG. 6 is an illustration of the inner packaging element in an intermediate stage of folding;

FIG. 6A is an illustration of an alternative embodiment of the packaging element shown in an intermediate stage of folding;

FIG. 7 is an illustration of the inner packaging fully folded;

FIG. 7A is an illustration of an alternative embodiment of the packaging element shown fully folded;

FIG. 8 is a representation illustrating the aseptic presentation of the item shown in FIG.

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FIG. 9 is a representation illustrating information printed on the packaging element for the packaging system shown in FIG.

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FIG. 10 is essentially the same as FIG. 9, except that the illustrated packaging element is made of transparent polyethylene material.

Claims

1. A method for packaging a sterilizable item for aseptic presentation, comprising:

2. The method of claim one including the further step of:

3. The method of claim 1 wherein in step (d), at least a portion of said inside surface of a first panel of said pouch is in contact with at least a portion of said inside surface of a second panel of said pouch.

4. The method of claim 1 wherein said border portion is formed by folding over a circumferential cuff so that a first portion of an outside surface of said pouch is in contact with a second portion of said outside surface of said pouch, and a portion of an inside surface of said pouch defines said length of said border portion.

5. The method of claim 1 wherein said second edge of said border portion is located proximate the middle third of the item in said pouch.

6. The method of claim 1, including the step of placing said pouch into a second packaging element.

7. The method of claim 1, including the step of sterilizing said item.

8. A package according to the method of claim 7.

9. The package according to the method of claim 1.

10. A packaging element for containing an item to be sterilized, comprising in combination:

11. The packaging element of claim 10 further including tape securing the folded-over border portion to the outside surface of the pouch.

12. The packaging element of claim 11 wherein said pouch is closed on both sides.

13. The packaging element of claim 11 wherein instructional information is printed proximate the corners of the second edge of the border portion.

14. The packaging element of claim 13 wherein additional instructional information is printed on the outside surface of said front panel adjacent the bottom of said pouch.

15. The packaging element of claim 14 wherein the instructional information printed on the inside surface of said back panel appears between the location where the border portion and pouch-forming front and back panels are folded over the corners toward said front panel and the second edge of the border portion.

16. A packaging element for containing an item to be sterilized, comprising in combination;

17. The packaging element of claim 16 wherein printed instructional information appears near the bottom of said front panel of said pouch.

18. The packaging element of claim 16 further comprising the step of:

19. A packaging element for containing an item to be sterilized, comprising in combination:

20. The packaging element of claim 19 where the folded-over portion is secured by tape.