A Few Fast Facts on... Plastics in Medicine

  • In the past few decades, plastics have made health care simpler and less painful and made new techniques and prostheses possible. They have reduced contamination, relieved pain and cut medical costs. They have prolonged, improved and saved lives.
  • The United States has the lowest rate of cross-staph infection in the world as a result of its use of plastic medical disposables.
  • Plastics are key components of modern prosthetic devices, providing comfort, flexibility, mobility and a life-like appearance.
  • Artificial hips and knees use plastics to help provide smoothly working, trouble-free joints.
  • Not too long ago, almost no medical packaging had tamper-evident seals. Today, nearly 100 percent of all pharmaceutical packaging does. In addition, child-resistant caps help keep medicines away from little hands.
  • Surgical gloves made of soft pliable plastic help preserve the sterile environment of hospital operating rooms.
  • Plastics permeate medicine. From the smallest tubing to the open MRI machine, plastics deliver when lives are on the line.
  • Many of today's most innovative medical procedures are dependent on the use of plastics.
  • From the machinery housing to petri dishes, plastics serve health-care needs both large and small.
  • As the need for home health care continues to increase, plastics will play a major role in creating simple, portable and effective medical devices.
  • Plastics have helped reduce the weight of eyeglass frames and lenses, while improving their strength and shatter resistance. Plastics also provide vision-impaired consumers with another option: contact lenses.

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