Packaging Design Delivers En Route & in the OR

Medical packaging that satisfies the sometimes contradictory demands of shipping stability and ease of use in the OR, while improving on the environmental footprint of previous designs, is the holy grail of package design engineers. The packaging for the HeartLight Endoscopic Ablation System from CardioFocus seems to hit that mark. It recently received a silver award in DuPont's 2013 global packaging awards programme.

 Norbert Sparrow

The HeartLight Endoscopic Ablation System is described by CardioFocus (Marlborough, MA, USA) as the first catheter ablation system to incorporate an endoscope for direct visualization of the beating heart, a laser energy source, and a compliant balloon catheter. One novel aspect of the device is its prize-winning packaging, which normally would require a heavy-gauge thermoformed container, writes Doug Smock in Plastics Today.

The tray, designed by Dahl Packaging Associates (Wilbraham, MA, USA), has five different die-cut holds to keep the device secure during shipping. "At the same time, the device can still be easily removed when it reaches the operating room," notes Smock.

The packaging also represents a notable achievement in sustainability. Manufactured by Beacon Converters (Saddle Brook, NJ, USA), it uses about one-third less material than a conventional thermoformed tray and, when empty, takes up the same amount of space as 40 traditional trays.

Who says you can't have it all? Do you have any other examples of a medical packaging trifecta/tiercé?

You can read Smock's full piece at Plastics Today.

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Norbert Sparrow, Editor in Chief, UBM Canon


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