Point of Care

Before healthcare products keep people safe, it’s necessary to keep the products themselves safe!

Whether oral solid dosage pharmaceuticals, drug delivery systems or diagnostic and medical devices, many healthcare products are susceptible to degradation and stability issues.

Airnov is the specialist of controlled atmosphere with deep knowledge in moisture, oxygen and odors management inside healthcare packaging. Contact us for more details on which solution is the most suitable for your specific needs.

Point of Care

Point of care (POC) products are devices used at the time of care. In a narrower sense of the word, it may refer to point-of-care testing (POCT) or so-called bedside testing, where test strips or devices rapidly test patient bodily fluids for target diseases, hormones, etc. This is the context in which the greatest care ought to be taken in order to preserve both testing agents and samples taken from the patient. POCT devices and electronic medical records have created a revolution in the field but also tend to come with a few risks. External influences can be detrimental, with moisture being a particular issue for most parts of the process. Airnov has created a selection of solutions ranging from traditional desiccant packets to custom-designed ADP® and desiccant vials, as well as molecular sieve desiccant tablets. We also offer the possibility of combining lightweight yet sturdy plastic tubes with reliable desiccant stoppers into a strong protective mechanism.

Challenges encountered in diagnostics

Point of care (POC) is a rather wide topic that covers different aspects of medical and pharmaceutical practice. It can address dealing with clinical documentation, administering tests, injecting medication, or even care provided in the even ER. Through a revolution in various aspects of technology, it has improved tremendously and witnessed a drastic reduction in morbidity and mortality. in a pharmaceutical context (which is something we maintain a strong focus on) POC more narrowly refers to point-of-care testing. Blood samples, saliva, urine, etc. are taken from patients and testing agents are employed to determine the presence or absence of illness – or any other variable that may be relevant to coming to an accurate diagnosis. The methods vary greatly, each having a very specific role in the process. In most cases, such tests are not something sold in the pharmacy. Instead, they are of a far more delicate nature and need to be handled by qualified medical professionals.

Much like most other medical supplies, the tools and samples used in diagnostics are susceptible to degradation due to moisture. Testing agents have a particularly low tolerance of this, and exposure can affect their reactivity and ability to perform their tasks. Devices used in diagnostics too can be affected by a damp environment. In fact, with each stride forward, with each advance towards greater precision, technology tends to become more sensitive and require a greater deal of protection. Of course, a responsible manufacturer will always address these concerns even before the product is brought into a hospital or pharmacy environment. Ultimately, the issues faced in point of care require tailor-made solutions.

Most advanced solutions for point-of-care testing

Point of care has made great strides in the last two decades and has implemented all the latest digital trends into its core practice. The use of mobile devices in a hospital setting has given professionals the ability to share results in an instant. Still, the problems with packaging remain. Testing agents must be kept safe. Companies working in packaging, delivery, and logistics such as Airnov must make a constant effort to keep up with the latest developments but also make sure they are able to perform at the top of their game at all times.

The unique requirements of each product are addressed by our team of engineers. Always aware of the latest in chemistry and tech – they know how to adapt each individual invention, to maximize its potential and improve its performance – even under the most difficult conditions. Our experts have already come up with a number of unique designs, all of which have been patented and trademarked by Airnov. Always achieving superior results in helping with diagnostics, nursing, and all other parts of the process, we have the right kind of experience to confidently stride towards greater goals. Our seamless production chain and painstaking quality control guarantee that samples and testing agents will get from their source to destination without the slightest damage or unwanted reaction. As usual, Airnov is committed to delivering the highest standards throughout.

From desiccant stoppers to ADP® vials

Medical professionals working at the point of care adhere to important testing guidelines and make sure that the patient always receives the highest quality care. Our mission is to help them perform their vital task. Airnov is able to offer a selection of effective solutions, most of which were developed by the experts in the company. Each product possesses unique characteristics that provide quality as well as longevity.

ADP® vials offer active and ergonomic packaging solutions. These diagnostic vials integrate the ADP® technology into the walls of the container. Their core role is to protect test strips from moisture and other external factors in settings in which diagnostic accuracy is at a premium. We currently produce two distinct options. A seamless combination of Container + Tamper-evident Stopper + ADP® Inserts guarantees multiple layers of protection. Container with Built-in Closure + ADP® Insert is perfectly compatible with major automated test strips filling lines.

Molecular sieve Desiccant Tablets are renowned for their fast absorption speed (even at a very low relative humidity of <20% RH), ease of use, and small pouch packaging. Three standard formats are available: 0.125g, 0.250g and 0.370g. These products rely on molecular sieve 4A for the best results.

Plastic tubes & desiccant stoppers are a two-part mechanism that is able to limit moisture ingress and provide prolonged protection. The system is tamper-evident and can be spiral or half-spiral, easy-opening, or flip-top. The packaging is fully compliant with all relevant US FDA and EU regulations.

Desiccant packets have been a staple of nursing, diagnostics, and pharmaceutical settings for decades. Redesigned and improved, they continue to offer maximum protection. Airnov’s trusted brands include silica gel and the molecular sieve (both used for moisture adsorption), 2-in-1 Pak® (strong desiccant coupled with activated carbon for odor control), and the always reliable Carbon (odor control). All four products are available in a wide range of sizes and remain cost-efficient regardless of the level of customization.

The advantages of our approach

Since its inception as an integral part of Airsec in 1952, our company has provided clients from across the globe with reliable, trustworthy, efficient service. The products from our line are a testament to our commitment to providing only the best for our clients. We understand the challenges faced and use agility, experience, performance, and respect to create a perfect environment for progress. We are proud of our ability to adapt to change and face the future with a bright and assertive attitude. Through constant striving for innovation in packaging and protecting pharmaceutical products, medical devices, we aim for a level of safety rarely surpassed by our competitors.

Our Business Continuity Planning (BCP) enables us to utilize multi-lane production equipment at multiple sites, making sure that each order – no matter how large – is delivered at the right time. A fully transverse approach is perhaps our biggest advantage. We offer products in all ranges, being able to meet any demand. The team has a sharp eye for innovation and is committed to delivering only stellar results.

Get in touch

We at Airnov are always open to new ideas, propositions, and business inquiries. If you have any questions, would like a quote for your next project, or simply wish to get more information on our extensive range of products – do not hesitate to contact us. We will do everything to take your ideas to the next level and work together to create the best solution to fit your needs.