Medical Plastic Data Service Magazine



Our 29th Year of Publication
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10 Key Reasons To Choose PVC In Healthcare Applications

1. High Safety

PVC, also known as vinyl, has been safely used in disposable medical device applications for over 60 years

  • One of the first applications of PVC dates back to the 1950’s during the Korean War when PVC blood bags proved to be both safer and more reliable than glass for treating injured soldiers on the battlefield

  • Stringent European Pharmacopoeia Monographs exist for PVC for use in disposable applications

2. Wide Diversity

PVC is extensively used throughout the healthcare industry including in

• Artificial skin in emergency burns treatment
• Blood and plasma transfusion sets
• Blood vessels for artificial kidneys
• Catheters and cannulae
• Blood bags
• Containers for intravenous solution giving sets
• Endotracheal tubing
• Feeding and pressure monitoring tubing
• Seamless flooring, ceiling and wall coverings

3. The Widest Range Of Benefits

PVC has made it possible for patients and healthcare professionals to access many medical applications thanks to its

• Biocompatibility
• Inertness
• Clarity and transparency
• Sterilizability
• Flexibility, durability and dependability
• Compatibility
• Ease of processing
• Affordability
• Printability
• Anti-kink
• Non-allergenic
• Ease of cleaning and maintaining

4. The Best Value For Money In Healthcare

None of the alternatives to PVC in healthcare offer the same price-performance ratio

  • The cost of replacing PVC medical devices with alternative materials would equate an annual increase of €300 million per year for the European healthcare industry *

  • PVC flooring offers both the lowest initial cost and the lowest cost of ownership compared to some alternative materials over their entire lifetime **

5. Limitless Design Capabilities

There are almost infinite design options with PVC

  • Complex medical devices made from PVC are simply not achievable in any other single polymer

  • Thanks to PVC’s excellent bonding and sealing properties medical equipment manufacturers can easily bond medical plastic components, thus allowing for sophisticated medical equipment

  • Vinyl allows architects free rein in and around the hospital including in flooring, ceiling and wall covering

6. Low Carbon Footprint

The magnitude of CO2 emissions for PVC from extraction of raw materials to production of the finished resin is comparatively low. PVC’s footprint is equivalent to that of a box of cereals and recycled PVC has an even lower carbon footprint *

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