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The sealed package is sterilized with a sterilant gas such as ethylene oxide prior to application of a desiccant pack. The desiccant pack is applied after sterilization and held in place by a metallic foil which is impermeable to moisture. A moisture permeable layer separates the desiccant pack from the plastic tray-like layer in which the surgical instrument is disposed. Absorbable co-polymer staples are maintained moisture-free by virtue of the desiccant pack being located on the opposite side of the moisture permeable layer.

Title
Sealed sterile package
Application Number
7/40924
Publication Number
4730726
Application Date
April 21, 1987
Publication Date
March 15, 1988
Inventor
Henry A Holzwarth
Weston
CT, US
Agent
Kenyon & Kenyon
Assignee
United States Surgical Corporation
CT, US
IPC
B65D 81/26
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