Medical device packagers who have attended the last few HealthPack events still remember the valuable packaging feedback provided by nurses. From an advance survey to a live interactive panel, nurses have provided specifics on packaging preferences, challenges, and wish lists.
HealthPack 2010 will again feature nurse input during the morning session on Wednesday, March 3, in “Voice of the Customer—Part 1; A New and Expanded Nurses Survey.” Jennifer Neid Benolken of T.O. Plastics and Jennifer Blocher of Sealed Air Corp. will present the results of a detailed survey of nurse preferences and concerns.
Later that day, Jennifer Neid Benolken will facilitate “Voice of the Customer—Part 2,” which will consist of a live nurses focus group reviewing submitted packages. Following will be a live Q&A with nurse panel participants.
At last year’s event, nurses offered some eye-opening feedback on packaging. Nurses who responded to the survey appeared to favor double-entry trays for sterile medical devices. Maintaining sterility was a top concern, and the surveyed nurses seemed to feel most comfortable with a tray.
During the live panel, nurses expressed their concern over packages that were difficult or uneasy to open, and they worried about breaching the sterile field during their struggles.
At the same time, however, nurses fretted over minimal hospital storage as well as excess hospital waste.
Earlier this year, HealthPack organizers asked medical device manufacturers to send in actual packages for nurse reviews, so the upcoming exchanges should be just as compelling. Based on feedback we’ve heard from past HealthPack attendees, nursing advice has been taken seriously. Perhaps this next batch of packages will meet with rave reviews!
We look forward to the upcoming event, which also includes a full conference line-up from packaging experts. Of particular note will be the opening keynote address, “Global Standards’ Role in Medical Device Packaging,” to be presented by Charles Sidebottom, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI).
Hope to see you there!