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Moisture Management in Wound Care: Highlighting MVTR in Transparent Film Dressings

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A wound can be described or defined in many ways: by its source, anatomical location and appearance, whether acute or chronic, by presenting symptoms, and by the method of closure. In fact, all of these descriptions serve a critical purpose in the assessment and appropriate treatment and management of the wound. Successful wound management seeks symptom resolution and, if viable, complete healing. Managing skin wound care involves supporting the damaged tissue by promoting restoration through the formation of connective tissue and re-growth of the epithelium. Optimum conditions for wound healing involve creating a desirable micro-environment in which an ideal moisture content is one of the most important factors.

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Anatomy of Films Used in Bioprocessing

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In the early days of disposable medical devices, the biopharmaceutical industry manufactured single-use films made with "off-the-shelf" materials borrowed from other industries, such as food. Over the years, various experiences and research into the safety of medical grade materials have taught manufacturers that using materials not specifically designed and intended for use with pharmaceuticals was not the wisest choice.

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The Top 7 Reasons Why Medical Devices Fail

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Medical device failures are typically the result of deficiencies in safety check procedures or a lack of attention to potential risks in the design process. Often displaying an eagerness to expedite a device's introduction to the market, device manufacturers may pay scant attention to the need for testing, robust components, and rigorous quality control procedures. Below is a look at the top seven reasons why medical devices fail along with some tips for avoiding those pitfalls.

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EMI Gasket Materials for Medical Devices: Thin, Small, Lightweight Solutions

 

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Medical device designers need gasket materials that resist electromagnetic interference (EMI), provide environmental sealing, and support thin, small, lightweight designs. SSP-502 shielding silicones meet these requirements.

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White Paper: MedTech Supply Chain Strategies

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