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MEDICAL & HEALTHCARE

BPA-based polycarbonate plastic has a number of unique technical properties like clarity, durability, light weight, mechanical strength, good biological compatibility and heat resistance.

These properties are critical for many medical applications where hygiene, sterilization and inertness play a critical role in life-saving procedures.

Because of these unique properties, polycarbonate is used in medical devices, such as catheters, blood oxygenators, cardiotomy reservoirs, dialysers, incubators, inhalers, operating lamps and syringes. All of these medical devices play a critical role in treating a number of illnesses like for example acute and chronic kidney disease. They are also used in open-heart surgery, endoscopic surgery and they play an essential role in the functioning of intensive care units.

Innovation

To ensure that European citizens continue to receive the highest level of healthcare services, medical professionals need to have access to the best available technologies.

Essential medical devices like BPA-based polycarbonate catheters for kidney dialysis are considered best in class and help save lives.

Polycarbonate plastic is an extremely clear plastic that offers excellent visibility and actually transmits light better than alternative materials. This clarity makes polycarbonate plastic a crucial and much valued material for the production of medical equipment.

Heat resistance

Polycarbonate plastic provides excellent heat resistance.

This is essential to products that come into direct contact with the human body, such as intensive care medical equipment, dialysers or other medical devices that need to be sterilised at high temperatures.

Resource efficiency

BPA-based polycarbonate is very impact resistant. This means that when used in equipment to prevent injuries it significantly reduces material losses and waste. As with polycarbonate bottles and medical equipment, such equipment can be used numerous times before finally going on to recycling or recovery.