Thanks to the endless versatility of modern plastics, medical breakthroughs considered unthinkable 50 years ago are now regarded as commonplace.
Modern healthcare would be impossible without plastics medical products we tend to take for granted: disposable syringes, intravenous blood bags and heart valves, etc. Plastics are particularly suitable for medical applications, thanks to their exceptional barrier and lightweight properties, low cost, durability, transparency and compatibility with other materials. Plastics in healthcare has revolutionized the field of medicine making patients safer and procedures simpler.
High tech polymers are used to create new and improved artificial limbs and plastic disposable delivery devices have succeeded in reducing the risk of infection to patients.
Thanks to sterile plastics packaging, the US leads the world in keeping the rate of cross-staph infection down. Plastic medical disposables in particular have contributed to keeping the rates low.
The introduction of child-resistant caps keeps potentially harmful medicine out of the hands of children.
Plastics in medicine have improved the quality of life for seniors and for those injured in accidents. Today’s artificial knees and hips rely on plastics to provide people with pain free movement and trouble-free joints. The gloves that surgeons wear are made from soft and pliable plastics that help maintain the sterile atmosphere of hospitals’ operating rooms.
It is highly unlikely that anything can replace plastic in the field of medicine, or that its use will be reduced in the very near future. The medical industry has been greatly improved due to the incorporation of plastics across a whole range of uses in all fields of medicine.