Medovations' weighted esophageal dilators have a 3-year expiration date that is printed on the proximal end of each bougie. The Medical Device Act of 1976 requires Medovations to print an expiration date on each bougie due to the breakdown of the outer casing through processing.
Tungsten is a non-hazardous material and is an environmentally safe alternative to Mercury. At the end of its life, a Tungsten-filled bougie can be disposed of in the trash, while Mercury bougies must be disposed of as a hazardous material.
Only the M-Flex™ bougies can be autoclaved. For cleaning of all other dilators please refer to your directions for use (DFU).
Medovations recommends and has tested sterilization efficacy with the Steris System 1. Medovations’ WeightRight™ and Traditional™ bougies are made from PVC, which is compatible with ETO Sterilization, the Sterrad system, and the Cidex OPA. Our bougies are also compatible with the following products:
- Cidex (gluteraldehyde)
- Procide 14 NS
- Baxter Omnicide
- VHA-SKS 14 NS
- Abocide NS
Medovations’ M-Flex™ Silicone dilators can be autoclaved. However, none of the PVC counterparts can be autoclaved. Please follow the manufacturers recommended directions for use (DFU).
Yes, see the Resources page for downloadable, printable PDFs.
Dispose of Tungsten-filled bougies the way you would any other normal hospital waste.
They are non-toxic and can be thrown out.
The flow rate of Medovations’ insufflation filter is 24 liters a minute.
The OTW guidewire is 210 cm. in length.
SU1160 and SU1159 are each 10 ft. in length.
Medovations’ products are manufactured in Milwaukee, WI.
Medovations will consider private labeling product.