In an ongoing series on medical plastics, leading plastics trade media Plastics Today recently zoomed in on PVC. The article was contributed by PVCMed Alliance and lists key applications, properties and limitations.
Here are a few highlights: The first breakthrough came with the blood bag in the 1950s during the Korean War, where its robustness helped save the lives of thousands of soldiers. Since then, PVC has remained the material of choice for a wide range of medical applications that all contribute to diagnosis, treatment and care. The reason is the many unique properties of PVC.
In recent years, hospitals around the world have discovered PVC’s excellent recyclablity and set up take back scheme for used medical devices such as oxygen masks and tubing. The newest project is in Belgium, where the VinylPlus® Med partnership between hospitals, waste managers, recyclers and the PVC industry aims to accelerate sustainability in healthcare.