HealthPack 2014 to Feature New Survey on Medical Device Packaging Industry
For the last several years, HealthPack has presented results of a nurses survey in order to provide medical device manufacturers with insights on nurses’ packaging preferences. In 2014, HealthPack will return with even more survey results, only this time, the insights will be from you, the medical device packaging engineer.
Jennifer Foreman, who has presented nurses survey results at past HealthPack events and is working on the new survey under IoPP’s Medical Device Packaging Technical Committee, tells PMP News that the “main goal in performing this study is to provide more insight into what methodology packaging personal are actually using in their efforts to follow industry guidance. This will provide us with a benchmark on our industry’s strengths and weakness and, hopefully, allow the IoPP MDPTC to focus educational efforts in areas where there are more prominent knowledge gaps.” (Foreman is senior medical applications specialist and project coordinator for Sealed Air Medical Applications.)
Students at Clemson University are leading the survey with the support and input from various industry members, says Foreman. “Student involvement is a great way for students to interact with current medical packaging industry professionals and gain a broader understanding of our industry,” she says. “The student’s fresh eyes will allow for an unbiased view and execution, which will add to the validity of the data.” Clemson's effort is being lead by Mackenzie Lussier, a Masters Candidate.
To provide your input, visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/J89Y82D. The survey will remain open through January 8, 2014, so students will have time to analyze the responses for HealthPack 2014 in Albuquerque, Foreman reports.
Data on nurses’ packaging preferences will be presented later this year at HealthPack Europe in Brussels (December 2-4), and then the nurses’ survey will be “on hold for this year while we continue working to collect new relevant data and explore new angles,” reports Foreman. “The survey will be presented at future HealthPack shows with new data once collected.”
HealthPack Europe in Brussels will feature the ever-popular Nurses Panel, as will HealthPack 2014 in Albuquerque. During this live panel, nurses open packages that are submitted in advance by medical device manufacturers. Panelists share their feedback on opening features, aseptic presentation, labeling content and readability, and more. Earlier this year at HealthPack in Louisville, panel nurses said that packaging features—or a lack of them—frequently lead to opening struggles. “I hate packages that don’t have a lot of room to grab for peeling open the seal,” said one nurse. “You fumble and struggle with packages that are too hard to open or peel open too easily.”
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