Plastic, a widely used malleable material made of differing synthetic or semi-synthetic organic compounds, only became commonly used in the last century. Its unrivaled ability to take on a nearly limitless number of shapes easily and at low cost has made it a commodity in medicine as well as countless additional industries that make commercial and consumer products.
The medical industry, however, stands to enjoy remarkable benefits from the use of affordable, highly malleable materials such as plastic more than other industries. That’s because medicine is a science of precision, a property provided readily by modern plastics.
Of those advantages, we have listed some of the most prominent below.
Manufacturers can make plastic using antimicrobial materials; that is, the materials on the surface of plastic can repel or kill bacteria even if the surface is not regularly cleaned. If doctors or patients touch antimicrobial plastic, they are significantly less likely to encounter an infection. The latest innovations in antimicrobial plastic claim to reduce bacteria by up to 99.99%.
Outside of hospitals, the infection-resistant properties of medical-grade plastics can also prevent cross-contamination. In experimental environments, they can help speed the process of researching and developing important new medicines by eliminating the need to restart a compromised study.
Improved Safety (and Comfort)
Patients who are allergic to or whose bodies reject the presence of medical devices made from traditional materials have fewer worries when using hypo-allergenic plastic medical devices. As long as plastic products are made with considerable structural integrity, they can be used in place of existing medical implants to equal or greater effect.
The result is a reduction in skin irritation, agitation of the immune system, pain and discomfort. Doctors and surgeons have already begun the switch to plastic medical devices and implants, and the results have been nothing short of exceptional.
Lower Costs for Hospitals and Patients
Healthcare costs are already a serious concern for Americans, but plastics are making it possible to reduce the cost of treatment universally. The materials used to make plastic products as well as the manufacturing implements that craft them come at a significantly lowered price. When hospitals are able to reduce their overhead, they can provide their services at a lower cost.
Plastics can be molded into solid objects without breaking. Such a property is called plasticity, and it offers nearly endless possibilities for experts in the field of medicine to innovate medical technology.
Especially with the introduction of 3D printers, the possibilities of plastic medical instruments are growing exponentially. From implants to measurement devices, the medical field has recently seen an influx of safer, more precise medical instruments thanks to the malleability of plastic.
At Avomeen, we test polymers in our state-of-the-art laboratory for the medical industry as well as various commercial and industrial enterprises. If your business is creating the next groundbreaking medical instrument or are concerned about the efficacy of a current plastic medical device, find out how Avomeen can help.