Believe it or not but plastic is one of the most popular materials to use whether it's to make packaging, bags, or applications across various industries. The medical industry is one of many that make the most of the benefits and qualities plastic can offer. Modern healthcare wouldn't be made possible without plastic medical products that we take for granted on a regular basis. Some of the most vital medical products and applications such as disposable syringes, intravenous blood bags and heart valves are made up of plastic.
Because of these revolutionary modern plastics being used, people are now living longer and leading fulfilling lives. Medical breakthroughs that weren't possible 50 years ago have now become possible due to plastic materials. Some of the applications that have been made with plastic include:
Catheters: In modern heart surgery, catheters are used to unblock blood vessels, while deposits obstructing them can be broken down with a tiny spiral-shaped implant. It is made from a plastic which has been specifically developed for the medical field and charged with active substances.
Prosthesis: Plastics are being used as orthopaedic devices, helping to improve the function of movable parts of the body or replace a body part.
Artificial corneas: If someone injures their eye or has a chronic inflammation, it can impair sight and if a transplant is not available, then an artificial cornea is the only option. Artificial corneas are made from special silicone and are only 0.3 to 0.5mm thick, highly transparent, flexible and made of bio-mechanics.
Hearing aids: There are more than 10 million people in the UK with some form of hearing loss, so having the technology available to help people gain their hearing back is revolutionary. Hearing aids are made of many components such as a microphone, a transmission device and a stimulator, however, the implant itself is made from plastic
Plastic pill capsules: These release exactly the right dosage of its active ingredients at the right time. The tartaric acid-cased polymer gradually breaks down, slowly releasing the active ingredients over a longer period of time. This type of pharmaceutical helps to avoid having to frequently take large quantities of medication.
We have been a medical plastic packaging manufacturer for over 35 years and have been able to deliver innovative medical products to our clients. Without plastic, the applications above would have never been created. If you are interested in using plastic packaging for your products, please feel free to contact us on 01692 501020.
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