SABIC is also highlighting at MD&M West the breadth of its line of LNP* specialty compounds for medical devices that contribute to other important aspects of patient and clinician safety, from X-ray shielding to static dissipation in the presence of oxygen.
“Intense and rising focus among regulators, hospitals and consumers to protect patients from harm, particularly from HAIs, is putting healthcare device makers under tremendous pressure to enhance their products with antimicrobial properties and other safety attributes,”
Compounding Surpasses Concentrates
Compared to mixing a third-party base resin with off-the-shelf concentrates, which can lead to inconsistent performance, SABIC performs its own compounding using proven, high-performance resins and additive chemistries to create solutions that help meet customer needs. By factoring in the unique properties of these materials and their interactions with the resins while controlling the compounding process, SABIC can tailor highly specialized product performance to meet customer-specified requirements, such as the duration and strength of antimicrobial properties. Further, the company’s renowned expertise in color and effects allows precise control over clarity, which can be impacted by antimicrobials.
The benefits of SABIC custom compounding over concentrates include uniform distribution of the additive for better performance and less manufacturing waste. SABIC’s customization capabilities can be used to create antimicrobial solutions for fluid and drug delivery applications, surgical instruments, monitoring and imaging devices and durable medical equipment such as hospital beds and operating tables.
Solutions for Safety
Safeguards for patients and staff extend far beyond avoiding HAIs. SABIC compounds for medical devices can help address other top safety issues:
• Shielding against radiation and electromagnetic/
• Detecting lost device parts: LNP Thermocomp* compound can help to make a surgical device detectable via X-ray imaging. This safeguard allows the fragments to be located and retrieved before concluding the procedure.
• Decreasing “slip-stick”:
• Avoiding fire hazards: LNP Stat-Kon* compound combines base resins with electrically conductive fillers or reinforcing agents to produce conductive and dissipative materials. LNP Stat-Kon compound helps protect devices and components against static build-up and electrostatic discharge (ESD), which present potential fire hazards in operating rooms and other locations where oxygen is used.
• Ensuring consistent drug delivery: LNP Stat-Loy* compound provides permanent anti-static properties. This is important in drug delivery systems to prevent the medication from adhering to device walls and resulting in inconsistent dosages.
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