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Research, development and commercial applications of advanced flexible materials.

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Choosing the Best Medical Tape - Silicone Vs. Acrylic

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Wound care presents many challenges to the medical professional. From the sheer variety of wound types to the differences among patients, a critical factor in all successful wound management is the correct selection and application of dressings. Additionally, the wound management plan encompasses treating the wound itself while also seeking to prevent infection and protect skin health and integrity.

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New Challenges to The Shrinking of Medical Devices

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The sizes of medical devices are consistently trending smaller, a trend that is making a huge difference in the healthcare industry. These devices, including pacemakers, stents, lenses, cochlear implants, implantable glucose monitors, and infusion pumps create substantial improvements to patient care. Advanced flexible materials have powered these product improvements, however, there are some trade-offs and a few challenges with this trend. The following are a few things to consider about the shrinking medical device revolution.

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Polymer Basics for Polyvinyl Chloride


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Polyvinyl chloride is the most widely used plastic material in medical applications. It has a low cost, is easy to process, and can be tailored to yield the desired properties. Often times PVC by itself is not very useful, however heat stabilizers, plasticizers, and various polymers can be added so that the material gains a diverse range of properties from rigid to flexible. Polyvinyl chloride is used in different medical applications such as dialysis bags, surgical drapes, blister packaging, and oxygen face masks.
 
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Single-Use Medical Disposables Smarten Up

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As a result of the demand for sterilized materials, increased data, and high quality health care, the medical industry has an enormous demand for single use disposables. This focus on quality and health has had enormous implications. For example, the rate of central line infections has decreased by over 70% across the country over the last decade. A big reason for this decline is utilization of single use disposables that are less prone to contamination.  Now medical facilities are taking this one step further by incorporating highly sophisticated flexible materials into their applications. There are a few specific areas where these advances are particularly exciting.

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Polymer Basics for Polyurethane


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Polyurethanes are polymers made up of long chains, with the base monomer being composed of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, and nitrogen. There are various types of polyurethanes, with each individual type yielding different properties. Polyurethanes may come in the form of rigid or flexible foams, adhesives, coatings, or as a thermoplastic polyurethane.  Overall, polyurethanes have excellent toughness, clarity, low-temperature flexibility, and are biocompatible. Polyurethanes are used in applications such as blood bags, pacemaker leads, body and limb prosthesis, and acetabular cups.
 
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