Packaging for the medical industry is always evolving and changing due to growing research and technological advancements.
In 2022, there will be new packaging developments from both companies and consumers. These are some of the top medical packaging trends that are expected to make a splash in 2022.
The fast-paced, ever-evolving world of medical packaging is shaping the industry?s future. From innovations like paperless hospital rooms to new sterilization techniques and treatments, advances in this area are on the rise. In 2022, these five trends will be at the forefront of change:
Biologically Approved Packaging –
Bio plastics and biodegradable materials are becoming more common in medical packaging. This is a result of both government initiatives as well as growing consumer demand for sustainable goods with a less negative impact on the environment. With time, these packaging materials will become more visible in the healthcare industry.
Bio metrics –
There is already a significant amount of bio metrics in use today, often as an added benefit to a patient’s payment scheme. In 2022, bio metrics will be used for more than just identification purposes; they’ll make it possible to track and monitor the delivery of medical supplies from manufacture to disposal. For example, using various sensors along the chain of distribution could provide real-time information about each product’s usage and readiness for reuse. This would help control wastage and prevent delays or damage during transport or due process.
Connected Medical Packaging –
In 2022, connected medical packaging will become the norm and not the exception. Digital systems have already made it possible to track most of a product’s life cycle in near real-time, but next-gen tracking technologies such as radio frequency identification and Internet of Things networks will make this information available to multiple stakeholders and partners. They’ll also enable much greater communication between professionals within the healthcare industry. For instance, hospitals could query a package’s contents before receiving it through RFID technology and learn whether its sterilization requirements have been met or if it has been recalled due to a delivery error.
Cleanliness and Sterilization –
Gradual changes toward the use of bio compatible materials, advances in sterilization protocols, and a more holistic view of infection control are all contributing to an increased focus on cleanliness in the 2020s. This is a trend that will continue into 2022. There has already been an increase in cross-sector collaboration on this topic with organizations like the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI). In 2022, this trend will become even more significant.?
Bio active bottles –
These are the type of packaging that is used to make pills, and biologic. The bottle contains the chemical ingredients which react with the contents to produce heat. Also, the bottle color changes when a temperature change occurs. Such bottles are used for example weekly or insulin products that need to be stored at room temperature.
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