The hawo VeriDoc 2C is the new system for safe and professional labelling and documentation of sterile barrier systems in hospitals as well as doctors’ and dentists’ surgeries.
The centre piece of this system is a screenless Printserver made by hawo (PrintBox). Using this compact PrintBox, the data read by the ValiScan 2D barcode scanner (hawo IntelligentScan Technology) is transmitted to the ValiPrint label printer and printed. No additional computer screen or keyboard is required to record important packaging and approval information and print it onto a label. The labels can be used for sealable pouches and reels, wrapped sets or reusable containers. The VeriDoc 2C system is thus the perfect supplements to existing sealing devices.
New for VeriDoc 2C
A second ValiPrint label printer can be optionally connected to the new VeriDoc 2C. This means that 2 printers with 2 different labels (e.g. STEAM and VH202) can be operated with one system. The VeriDoc 2C systems also have a USB port, via which the process data for electronic documentation and tracking purposes or for statistical analysis can be transferred to a USB stick or external hard drive.
Integrating all sterile barrier systems
Regardless of whether it’s sealable pouches and reels, wrapped sets or trays or reusable containers, VeriDoc 2C assists medical professionals to meet packaging labelling requirements. It also includes sterilization inspection using a process indicator along with formal storage approval after a visual inspection, as well as documentation in the patient’s file. After the required visual inspection of the packaging, the system is informed whether or not it has passed by scanning the corresponding Data Matrix code (‘sterile barrier system approved’ or ‘sterile barrier system not approved’). Depending on the result of the visual inspection, a label is printed with the corresponding note. The packaging may not be used if an error (e.g. open or broken seal or closure system) is detected. All required information such as batch number, name of the packer, product information or the expiry date is simply transferred to the labels via the easy-to-use ValiScan 2D barcode scanner and an individualized Data Matrix code list. After the sterilization, the integrated process indicator (ISO 11140-1, Class 1) shows whether or not the packaged instrument has been sterilized. After sterilization, personalized approval can be given for storage using the field provided. After the instrument has been stored and used, the so- called duplex-label can be removed from the sterile barrier system and placed in an appendix to the patient’s file. This enables the user to immediately determine that each instrument, set or container being used has been properly packaged, sterilized and approved for storage. Instead of the approval field, all data can also be displayed as QR code. The data on the label can be easily transferred to electronic documentation systems or patient‘s file in this way.
ValiPrint label printer
Together with the practical indicator labels, it also provides helpful instrument labelling that complies with legal requirements. The following labels are available:
The correct reprocessing process of medical devices consists of the steps of washing & disinfection, packaging and sterilisation. The instruments can only be called sterilised when they are packaged before the sterilisation. The single-use (!) packaging, made from laminated poly film and a porous material (Tyvek® or medical grade paper) is permeable for the sterilisation medium (e.g. steam, plasma, Formaldehyde FO or Ethylenoxide ETO), but not for bacteria or microorganisms. Only by following this reprocessing sequence and by using professional heat sealers to seal the instruments as well as professional packaging material can the sterility up to the point of use as well as the aseptic presentation of the instrument be guaranteed.
Medical devices delivered in a sterile state should be packed to ensure that they remain sterile until the point of use. The validation of packaging processes is crucial to ensure that sterile barrier system integrity is attained and will remain so until opened by the users.
The international packaging standard ISO 11607-2 as well as the Technical Specification draft ISO/DTS 16775 explain how packaging processes should be validated. The international packaging validation guideline gives guidance how to validate packaging processes. During the validation of the heat sealing process the optimum sealing temperature of the packaging materials used has to be evaluated and established. At this temperature, the process then has to deliver optimum seal seams that are strong enough and peelable.
Professional heat sealing equipment for closing sealable pouches and reels (preformed sterile barrier systems) are essential for this. hawo therefore offers sealing devices whose processes can be validated according to ISO 11607-2, the Technical Specification draft ISO/DTS 167751 and in harmony with the international packaging validation guideline. The models marked with ‘V’ feature an integrated function for regulating and monitoring process parameters – the ‘V’ is the key! Sealing devices from hawo therefore guarantee efficient and reproducible packing, even for large volumes of instruments.