General industry guidelines are that gel should be marked to expire 28 days after opening (or sooner if required under internal facility guidelines).
Single-Use Packets – The multilayer plastic used to create the packets contains a metallic layer which renders the packets unrecyclable.
Bottle – EcoVue bottles are made from LDPE plastic which carries a number 4 recycling number. Please check with your local recycling center to confirm if number 4 recyclables are accepted. Much less LDPE is recycled than HDPE, especially in the USA. If your recycling center does not accept number 4 plastics, bottles should be disposed of in the standard waste stream.
FlexPac® – The EcoVue FlexPac® lowers environmental impact through reductions in carbon emissions during production and shipping; it’s lightweight and requires less energy to manufacture and transport. The ability to evacuate all the gel from the pouch reduces gel waste by 14%, but the empty pouches should be disposed of in the standard waste stream. The multilayer plastic used to create the pouch contains a metallic layer which renders the pouch unrecyclable.
|Spaulding Classification||Definition||Ultrasound Gel|
|Critical||Ultrasound gel is being used on sterile tissues, including biopsies, intraoperative, and vascular guidance||Sterile, single-use packets|
|Semi-critical||Ultrasound gel comes in contact with non-intact skin or mucous membranes but does not penetrate them||Sterile, single-use packets (preferred) or non-sterile, single-use packets|
|Non-critical||Ultrasound gel touches only intact skin and not mucous membranes||Non-sterile, single-use packets (preferred), non-sterile, multi-use gel (bottle, flexpac®, tube)|
Yes. We have found that some procedures often require more than one 20g packet of gel to complete the procedure. The 32g packet is a good option to avoid using two 20g packets and wasting gel. The 32g packet drives down cost and product waste, and thus, has been well-received in the market.
The warming of EcoVue Ultrasound Gel does not have an impact on the shelf life of unopened, sealed EcoVue Ultrasound Gel products.
Opened EcoVue Ultrasound Gel products can be warmed in the Acclimate® Gel Warmer (40°C +/- 2.77°C) for up to 28 days and maintain its antimicrobial effectiveness. General industry guidelines are that gel should be marked to expire 28 days after opening (or sooner if required under internal facility guidelines).
Single use packets can be kept in the gel warmer until they are used and should be discarded immediately after use.
For more information, please refer to our extended use shelf life & storage information.