Medical PVC - User's Manual

A user's manual to medical PVC.
Medical PVC – User's Manual

Most Used Plastic in Healthcare

PVC is the most used plastic material for disposable medical devices (e.g. blood bags, urine bags, tubing, IV kits, and transfusion kits).

Cross-Contamination Eliminated by PVC

Single-use medical devices revolutionised healthcare in the 1960s. They eliminated cross-contamination between patients caused by multiple-use devices.

PVC Keeps Healthcare Costs Down

PVC costs much less than other raw materials. This means more value for money.

Several Alternatives to DEHP

Most medical devices are made from soft PVC. For many years the phthalate DEHP was the main plasticiser. Through innovation, several alternatives have now been developed.

Unique Technical Properties

PVC covers a wide variety of medical applications and is easy to process.

Post-Use PVC Medical Devices Can Be Recycled

Pilot projects in Australia and the UK show that post-use PVC medical devices can be recycled.

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