Essential Medical Aids

Essential Medical Aids

Many of today's essential medical aids are made from or use some form of plastic – stethoscopes, IV bags and tubing, oxygen-supply tubing, oxygen tents, catheters, examination gloves, lab ware, urine and blood collection tubes, plastic clips, splints, casts, body braces, sterile drug and equipment packaging, even the plastic house for life-saving electronic equipment such as incubators, heart monitors and defibrillators.

Plastics have a number of important properties that make them the material of choice -- they are durable, lightweight, inexpensive, versatile and compatible with other materials.  Becasue they are flexible and don't break, plastics are used extenisvely in the packaging and delivery of pharmaceuticals.

In addition, plastics can be transparent; can be easily sterilized chemically or thermally; and because they are resistant to the range of chemicals used in medicine, they are ideal for medical packaging and delivery systems.  

Their low cost also makes it possible to implement important protective measures like single-use intravenous catheters, syringes and scalpels that minimize risks to caregivers (jabbing and cutting).