Traditionally, medical tools and devices were made of glass, metal and ceramics. The discovery of plastic however, changed everything. With the advent of plastics, the field of medicine was revolutionized; plastics made patients safer and procedures simpler.
Modern healthcare would be impossible without the use of plastic materials and numerous crucial medical items we take for granted are now made of plastic- disposable syringes, intravenous blood bags and heart valves all number amongst these items. Plastics have made health care more straightforward and less painful, reduced the weight of eyecare items and serving as the critical components in modern prosthetic devices.
The use of plastics has reduced the cost of medical items while being lighter and more biocompatible than the traditional materials. The most widely used plastic material in medical applications is PVC, followed by PE, PP, PS and PET. These materials form the base of items like catheters, slow-release pill casings, hearing implants and prosthetics.
Plastics have made patients’ lives easier, with the creation of at home plastic medical equipment, which enables patients to save money and avoid a trip to the doctors’.
The advent of 3D printing has even enabled medical practitioners to use plastic in new ways in order to help patients. With the use of 3D printing, amputees can now obtain plastic prosthetic limbs at a fraction of the cost of the traditional prosthetics, transforming the prosthetics industry. 3D printers have also been used to create surgical instruments and replica organs used as practice dummies by medical professionals.
It’s evident that plastic remains an indispensable part of the medical field and one which carries enormous weight for the needs of patients!
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