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How These
Engineered Extrusion Trends
Can Improve Device Design
and Patient Experience
H
oses
and tubes
are extensively
used within the healthcare
and medical industry
in a variety of applications, from wound
drains and catheters to drug delivery and
feeding tubes. Technology has moved far
beyond the production of single, hollow
tubes to multilumen extrusions that can
incorporate stops, bumps, and varying
thicknesses in a single design.
Significant benefits can be achieved by
taking advantage of innovative manufacturing
processes and the latest material
options to reduce device developers' total
cost of ownership while increasing component
integrity. At the same time, manufacturing
processes can improve patients'
quality of life by facilitating reduction in
device size and weight, as well as incorporating
multifaceted geometries, multiple
substrates, and active pharmaceutical ingredients
(APIs). Such improvements can
enhance treatment in terms of safety and
comfort and make wearable medical device
options more appealing.
To facilitate the specification of these
streamlined yet complex extrusions, key
factors need to be considered. These factors
will be outlined in this article along
with material options concentrating on
silicone extrusion technologies and application
examples.
A Look at the Market
Why is the medical device market
growing? Reasons for a predicted growth
in the medical device market include:
* Fast aging populations and increasing
life expectancy.
* More people looking for improved
quality of life.
* Growing incidences of chronic disease.
* Rapid increase in the prevalence of infectious
diseases.
Silicone tape, sheet, and ribbon can be extruded up to 152 mm/6 in. in width with a thickness down
to 0.13 mm/0.005 in. (Credit: Trelleborg Healthcare & Medical)
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* Rise in obesity.
* An increase in the number of surgical
procedures and complex surgeries.
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