Patent Number: 6,251,489

Title: Sterilizable flexible pouch package

Abstract: A sterilizable flexible pouch package includes a non-woven barrier web, a perforated plastic intermediate web, and an imperforate plastic upper web. Line heat seals bonding the webs from a cavity into which a sterilizing fluid may enter after passing through the barrier and intermediate webs. The line heat seal bonding the upper and intermediate webs is of the delamination failure type. An access opening is provided for insertion of an object to be sterilized into the cavity after which the access opening is sealed, enclosing the object in the cavity. After sterilizing, the package is opened by peeling apart the upper web from the intermediate web which causes a delamination failure of the line heat seal. Preferred materials enable steam sterilization at temperature of 270.degree. F.

Inventors: Weiss; Mark E. (Denver, CO), Bauer; Thomas J. (Denver, CO), Johnson; Richard E. (Appleton, WI)

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International Classification: A61B 19/00 (20060101); A61B 19/02 (20060101); A61L 2/04 (20060101); A61L 2/26 (20060101); A61L 2/07 (20060101); B32B 7/04 (20060101); B65D 65/40 (20060101); B65D 75/26 (20060101); B65B 55/04 (20060101); B65D 75/58 (20060101); B65B 55/02 (20060101); B65B 55/10 (20060101); B65D 75/52 (20060101); B65D 065/40 (); B65D 081/20 ()

Expiration Date: 06/26/2018