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HealthPack 2010 focuses on medical device trends

Global standards, operating room nurses survey/focus group, and package design innovations highlight this year's event in San Antonio.

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Dedicated to trends in medical device packaging, the annual HealthPack conference will take place March 2-4 at The Sheraton Gunter Hotel in San Antonio.

The event helps medical device packaging professionals generate ideas and solutions to create efficient, innovative packaging. HealthPack 2010 includes a conference agenda combined with tabletop exhibits to provide opportunities for attendees to focus on key industry issues while addressing individual needs with leading suppliers and service vendors. Key agenda events will include the following:

• Wed., March 3 Keynote address: Global standards role in medical device packaging, by Charles Sidebottom, chairman of the Board of Directors, Assn. for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI).

• Voice of the Customer - Part 1: A new and expanded AORN survey, presented by Jennifer Neid Benolken, T.O. Plastics, and Jennifer Blocher, Sealed Air Corp.

• Material & design considerations for thermoforming, by Gary Hawkins, Eastman Chemical.

• Packaging engineering considerations for the control of static electricity in a hospital environment, Thomas M. Reilly, M.D., Sherman Oaks Hospital, Grossman Burn Center, and Bob Vermillion, CPP/Fellow, RMV Technology Group, LLC.

• Medical device package design innovation, by Jordan Montgomery, Medtronic CRM.

• Building value in your company for the professional packaging staff, by Tim Mlsna, R&D director, Packaging Technology, Boston Scientific Corp.

• Voice of the Customer - Part 2: Live nurses focus group reviewing submitted packages, with facilitator—Jennifer Neid Benolken—followed by a question-and-answer session with the nurse panel participants.

• IoPP Medical Device Packaging Technical Committee Meeting.

March 4's activities begin with a case study, How to introduce new SBS materials to the medical device industry, from Nicholas Berendt, Sealed Air Corp. Other events that day include the following:

• SBS Design considerations for autoclave sterilization, by Gregg Mosley, BioTest Labs.

• How to test your package system labels for materials compatibility and adhesions over time, presented by Dave Olson, Advanced Web.

• MSU hole study update with Ondrea Kassarjian, Ph.D. Candidate, Michigan State University.

• Case study: IoPP Medical Device Packaging AmeriStar and Best in Show Award winner, by Todd Wetter, Medtronic CRM.

• How to perform an equipment IQ, with Bob Argentero, Maquet Cardiovascular.

• SBS material and device material interaction considerations—what test methods, what to look for, by Don Palme, Ph.D., WuXi Apptec.

• Global medical packaging standards update, from Mike Troedel, ASTM Committee F02 Flexible Barrier Packaging, with Patrick Nolan, ASTM D10 Packaging, and Jackie Daly Johnson, co-chair of AAMI TC 198/WG7 Packaging.
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