UFP Technologies Expands Uses for FlexShield® Sterile Barrier Integrity Protection

aseptic presentation medical surgical instrument implant FlexShield by UFPTechnologiesFebruary 23, 2017 – Newburyport, Massachusetts - UFP Technologies, a producer of custom-engineered components, specialty packaging, and products, has expanded its FlexShield® product line to include sterile barrier integrity protection for virtually any medical device. 

FlexShield is made from flexible, medical-grade thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) films that are USP Class VI certified, biocompatible, and FDA approved.  It was introduced in 2013 and has since been designed into numerous packaging and component configurations for some of the world’s top orthopedic implant and medical device companies. 

FlexShield’s durability and flexibility provides puncture and abrasion resistance, making it ideal for protecting a range of medical devices and implants such as fixation plates, hip stems, surgical screws, trocars, and surgical saw blades. 

“We’ve seen an increasing number of uses for FlexShield as more medical devices are shipped sterile” said Tom Fitzgerald, Product Manager for UFP Technologies.  “It’s become a trusted component used in single and double-sterile barrier packaging systems.”

sterile barrier packaging material TPU implants medical device FlexShield UFPTechnologiesAvailable FlexShield products include:

  • Packaging pouches:
    • Designed with the surgeons and nurses in mind, FlexShield packaging pouches easily break apart to provide an effortless aseptic presentation of the medical instruments they protect
    • Eight standard sizes available
  • Tip protectors:
    • Used to protect the ends of sharp or delicate medical instruments
    • Ideal for replacing PVC or silicone
    • Three standard sizes available
  • Bags:
    • An extra layer of protection to ensure sterile barrier integrity
    • A single bag can accommodate various shapes and sizes
    • Three standard sizes available

Additionally, FlexShield can be formed into unique shapes for your device. The material is approved for skin contact and has been used to protect patients from infection during surgery and to safeguard sensitive medical equipment.  Current applications include:

  • Sterile barrier integrity protection for medical equipment
  • Surgical aids for infection prevention
  • Robotics components
  • Negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) device components
  • Within sterile barrier packaging systems
  • Orthopedic implant sleeves

To learn more please visit: https://www.ufpt.com/applications/products/flexshield.html

FlexShield® is a registered trademark of UFP Technologies, Inc.

About UFP Technologies
UFP Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: UFPT) is a producer of innovative, custom-engineered components, specialty packaging, and products. Using foams, plastics, composites, and natural fiber materials, we design and manufacture a vast range of solutions primarily for the medical, automotive, aerospace, defense, electronics, consumer, and industrial markets. Our team acts as an extension of our customers’ in-house research, engineering and manufacturing groups, working closely with them to solve their most complex product and packaging challenges. For our customers, innovation takes many shapes. But each solution is shaped by a level of design, materials and process expertise that is unique to UFP Technologies.