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Medical Tubing Prognosis is Healthy as Plastic Applications Grow

SpecialChem / Aug 9, 2006

Ever since plastic medical tubing first appeared in the 1940s as lower cost replacements for glass and metal tubes, this market has expanded steadily. Today, plastics are the dominant tubing materials for transferring blood, oxygen and nutrients in hospitals and clinics. Plastic tubing also plays a pivotal role in many advanced medical procedures. Examples of such applications include vascular catheters, conduits for acquiring biopsy samples, and holders for stents being implanted into heart arteries. The latest developments in plastic medical tubing include special formulations that offer unique combinations of desired properties such as strength, flexibility, a high gas-barrier rating, and lubricity. Advances in coextrusion technology are aiding the evolution of plastic tubing with such unique features. The rapid growth of minimally invasive surgery is a key driving force for novel plastic tubing materials and designs.Inertness to bodily tissues and fluids, flexibility, durability, resistance to the heat and chemicals used in sterilization, and transparency.

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