Medical Device Labeling
Medical supplies need to be labeled with information that is relevant to the medical device itself and important for the user to know about. Medical supply manufacturers must include many of the following on all medical supply labeling:
- The product name
- The product serial or lot number
- Details required to identify the product
- Contact information for the manufacturer of the device
- Any relevant special storage instructions
- An indication of sterility (if applicable)
- The date of manufacture (if applicable)
- Warnings and precautions
Why Do Medical Labels Matter?
Why Do Medical Device Labels Fail?
There are many methods used for medical supply labeling, but most of them struggle to effectively label medical devices and containers long-term. This has to do with the characteristics of polyolefin plastics, a family of materials commonly used in the production of medical equipment.
Polyolefin plastics are preferred in the medical supply industry due to their affordability, durability, and versatility. The challenge of labeling these plastic supplies has to do with the fact that traditional methods rely heavily on sticky-ness, while polyolefin plastics are naturally non-stick. Because of this, a typical adhesion-based label will not be strong enough to correctly adhere to the product and function as a long-term medical supply label.
In addition, traditional labels may not be resistant enough to cope with the harsh conditions that medical device labels require. They may start to wear down or fade away if they come into contact with certain chemicals, fluids, or substances, for example, and they may peel or fall off from the items they’re attached to, rendering them useless.
Another issue with many traditional labels for medical devices is that they aren’t able to effectively deal with bacteria and viruses in any effective way. Microbes can multiply around labels, allowing infections to spread. This means that the devices and labels require thorough and frequent cleaning, which can in turn damage the label and cause it to peel away.
Polymer Fusion Technology for Medical Equipment Labeling
While other methods can fail to provide the durability required for medical labels, Polyfuze’s polymer fuion labeling technology will succeed. Our method of making labels involves fusing plastic medical supplies with plastic labels in order to form the most durable and permanent labels for polyolefin plastics.
The polymer fusion method is the only method proven to work permanently with polyolefin thermoplastics like HDPE and PP. Through this technique, labels can be fused directly with medical device components, becoming part of the device’s overall structure and being impossible to peel, lift-off, or separate in any way from the device.
No matter what kind of medical device label is required, Polyfuze’s polymer fusion labels can meet your needs. Our custom medical labels are designed to meet the high standards and specifications of leading medical institutions. In addition, we’re able to integrate BioCote antimicrobial technology into our labeling method for medical labels, helping to eliminate microbes and reduce the risk of infections spreading in healthcare environments.
For the only truly permanent solution for medical supply labels, choose Polyfuze.