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4 Advantages of Plastic in Medical Devices

GA2 Medical is a highly trusted medical supplies manufacturer located in Malaysia. Our plastic hollowware range is sold internationally and offers compatibility, exceptional barrier properties and increased user safety. Our products are a low cost alternative to other similar products currently servicing the healthcare industry such as stainless steel. Our products are equally suited for all applications within hospitals, surgeries, nursing, aged care and custom procedure pack applications.

1. Less Infection.

With recent advancements in manufacturing polymer technologies and raw materials, patients have benefitted from plastics used for medical devices. The growing concern of MRSA (antibiotics are no longer effective) and other hospital-borne infections, optional high tech polymers and antimicrobial plastics have been created and used in devices that reduce the risk of infection to patients. These plastics can repel or even kill most bacteria, even on high-touch surfaces, preventing infections. Interestingly, antimicrobial plastics have an extremely high effectiveness of killing bacteria even when surfaces aren’t regularly cleaned.

2. Cost Savings

The uses of plastic in medical devices are benefiting everyone in the patient care cycle with significant cost savings. Plastic devices are cheaper to produce and easier to replace. In particular, the use of reusable plastics, offer a longer life span compared to single use metal devices, or other medical products made from lesser materials.

3. Safety and Comfort

Due to the cost savings, our plastic range offers increased user and patient safety through the single patient use process. This also eliminates the need for large amounts of time and labour to decontaminate used and soiled devices and ensuring they have been cleaned correctly. Our products are manufactured through the injection moulding process. This provides a more rigid and thicker product with increased puncture resistance compared to other inferior alternatives such as thermo formed or paper pulp.

Some patients are also allergic to metal medical devices, which provides difficulty to administer treatment and care. For instance metal components used in hip replacement devices can result in allergenic reactions, skin agitation, pain and discomfort. Sterile, hypoallergenic plastics with strong structural integrity have the ability to replace metal parts in hip replacement devices, making it possible for patients to undergo treatment and live healthier and more comfortable lives. 

4. Environmental Benefits

Better medical practices are continually advancing and reusable plastics are keeping hazardous materials out of landfills and protecting the environment. Plastics are also assisting by providing longer service life for medical devices and instruments, and in some instances they are reducing the number of product failures attributable to corrosion. While metallic devices wear out due friction and organics interfering with their functionality, plastics due to their structural integrity and malleability can withstand tough stresses and last longer. This offers a better approach to healthcare and environmental factors.