The primary and secondary packaging both serve their unique purposes in the final pack. Wipak’s fluids packaging efficiently meets sterilization, transportation, storage, and handling requirements.

Intravenous (IV) fluids are chemically prepared solutions administered to the patient. They are tailored to the body’s needs and used to replace lost fluids, sugars, salts, fats, and other substances vital for the human body and/or to aid in the delivery of IV medications. Intravenous fluids come in four forms: colloids, crystalloids, blood and blood products, and oxygen-carrying solutions.

A blood transfusion means receiving blood via an IV line. Blood transfusions may be needed after an injury or surgery that has caused a large amount of blood loss. Some illnesses, such as anemia, cancer, hemophilia, kidney or liver disease, and severe infection, can also make it difficult for the body to produce healthy blood. In these cases, transfusion therapy may be used. This can take place in a hospital or at an outpatient center. Blood flows from a bag into the line for 1–4 hours.

Fluids Overwap Packaging that Improves Patient Safety

The IV-fluid bag has a medication injection port and administration set port. Both ports are on the bottom of the IV bag when it is held upright. The medication injection port permits the injection of medication into the fluid for use by a care provider. The administration set port receives the spike from the IV administration set (IV tubing).

IV fluid bags have an overwrap to protect the ports from dust and contamination during their transportation, storage, and handling. This secondary packaging may have high barrier properties to protect the fluid from oxygen and other gases. Secondary wrapping also contributes to protection of the IV-fluid content, to keep its concentration stable and prevent, for example, the water evaporating from the package.

Material Used in the Primary Bag – the Need for Printability

Every IV bag must bear a label that provides important information to be examined before the fluid is administered to a patient. This information includes type (by name and by category of solutes within), amount of IV fluid in milliliters, and expiration date. Many IV fluids, of diverse types, are packaged in similar-looking plastic bags. Inappropriate IV fluid may be detrimental or even fatal to the patient. All IV solutions have a shelf life and must not be used after the stated expiration date.