As a manufacturer of sterile supplies, you will give recommendations to your customers for the length of time a product should be used once opened. To fight the war against infection, sterile consumables and equipment need to be replaced or cleaned every few days.

But do your customers always stick to the ‘once opened’ guidelines?

The problem is that hospitals may struggle to monitor (and therefore act on) the sheer volume of expiry dates for every product, for every patient, all the time. Dates are likely to be recorded on a hand written label or on the patients’ notes. These can get torn, ink can smudge, and handwriting can sometimes be illegible.

The consequences of a product being used for longer than it should be are reduced effectiveness and safety. But replacing it too soon, puts pressure on budgets and staff time.

The UWI Solution

Working alongside current processes, the UWI Label allows your customers to determine at a glance whether sterile consumables are still safe, or need to be replaced.

Ideal for products such as:

  • Joint replacements, stents and valves
  • In dwelling urinary catheters
  • In situ cannulae
  • Arterial pressure monitoring kits
  • Feeding tubes
  • Ventilation circuits
  • Theatre kits
  • Biological sample collection systems


  • Clearest display– understood at a glance and from a few meters distance, the UWI label has one of the clearest displays of any time indicator label. Universal colour code – green is good, red is bad
  • Tailor made – various elements are customized to suit: artwork, label size, timeframe, etc. As a small company, our advantage stems from our flexibility, speed and tight control over the entire process from design to manufacture.
  • Unique technology– many years of rigorous scientific and technical development have refined our unique microfluidic technology. So when the UWI Label is green, you can be really confident a product is safe to use.
  • Removes human error – automatically activated when the label is attached, no need to remember to activate the label, no problems with reading the date label, you can spot a date expiry at a glance


  • Reduces risk – of infection, by enhancing the current processes, not replacing them. A date label is used in tandem with the UWI Label to reduce risk.
  • Reduces waste – as you do not discard good and effective products. It improves stock management, and ensures products are used at their best quality.
  • Reduces costs– less waste, shorter patient stay due to effective treatments, saves staff time – know instantly what requires attention
  • Improves patient comfort – from effective change frequency, and more effective and consistent treatment

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