5 Facts on PVC Blood Bags

The plastic material PVC, which is also known as vinyl, is used in an ever widening range of medical devices. This is due to PVC's affordability, high safety for patients and staff, ease of processing, and unique technical properties that include anti-kinking and biocompability.

Blood containers, popularly known as blood bags, are one of the key application areas for PVC. In fact, blood transfusion services all around the world depend on the qualities of PVC bags. Click on the infographic to learn more about PVC blood bags.


PVC is unbreakable. This property makes it possible for drones to deliver and drop blood bags in remote areas where blood is urgently needed.


Before 1950, fragile blood containers made of glass resulted in the deaths of countless civilians. Robust PVC blood bags revolutionised blood storage and transport, saving the lives of millions.

49 days

PVC ensures the much-needed 49 days of shelf life of the blood. Blood banks depend on the longevity of these bags, especially for patients with rare blood types or during emergencies such as natural disasters.


PVC blood bags allow doctors and nurses to make use of sterilised blood bags that are more durable than anything else on the market.


PVC blood bags are affordable. The victim of a car accident can require as much as 100 pints of blood. Blood bags must be accessible for all and be held to the highest standards.

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