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Fluoroplastics and the medical industry

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We all need medical attention at some point in our lives. From painful cuts and bruises to the annoying common cold, falling ill from everyday hazards is one of life’s unfortunate guarantees.

However, whilst a painkiller or plaster might be the remedy for some ailments, a more serious illness or diagnosis often means a trip to the hospital and in some cases, an operation.

So where do fluoropolymers come into this?

Whilst this clever groups of plastics are renowned for their uses in chemical processing plants, environmental and oil and gas environments, their unique properties are also desirable and useful for application in the medical and pharmaceutical industry.  The characteristics of fluoropolymers, such as their biocompatibility, lubricity, sterilisation, high temperatures and chemical resistance, makes them a superior, and convenient material with which to manufacture the next generation of medical devices.

Here at Adtech, we work in partnership with numerous universities, research scientists and medical device manufacturers and consultants, and produce a vast range of medical components made from fluoroplastics, as well as stock a wide range of FDA compliant PTFE, FEP and PFA tubing.

The use of fluoropolymers in medical applications

Fluoroethylenepropylene (FEP) and Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) are two polymers that represent most of the fluoropolymer tubing used in medical devices. This makes them perfect for the production of internal and external life-saving equipment such as catheters, bio-containment vessels, syringes and sutures. PTFE is particularly useful for medical applications such as catheter tubing or heart patches, as its non-toxic, non-stick characteristics minimise the chances of bacterial build-up and infection.

PTFE is so versatile that it has also established itself as a reputable implant material. When stretched, it creates a material known as ePTFE which can be used to produce a mesh-like structure, which whilst being soft, strong and flexible, is also very porous. When implanted, this allows body-tissue to grow seamlessly into it, making it an excellent material for use in vascular grafts, hernia repair and other reconstructive surgery.

Fluoropolymers are also used to manufacture assistive, accessory equipment vital to the smooth and safe administration of medical procedures. The protective gloves, jackets and aprons that are worn by medical staff, for example, are made from fluoropolymers because of the material’s sterile properties.

Other external equipment made by fluoropolymers includes metering pumps such as diaphragm pumps. As these are often required to hold chemically harsh fluids, the chemically resistant fluoropolymers PTFE and PVDF are used in their construction.

Our medical fluoroplastic services

At Adtech, we understand the potential of fluoroplastics within the medical and pharmaceutical industries and we offer a wide range of fluoropolymer products and services for both sectors.

If you require something a little more bespoke, we also welcome the challenge to create custom-made components, and offer a development service with a fast turnaround time for prototypes.

Here at Adtech, we are specialists in delivering innovative fluoropolymer solutions for your technical applications. Find out more about our Medical Fluoroplastics.

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