Engineering Polymers Enable Life-Saving Medical Devices

When it comes to the medical devices that doctors and nurses use every day to care for patients, engineering polymers are essential materials.

Polycarbonate, compounds and blends, and Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) from Styron are used in everything from surgical staplers and endoscopic surgery tools to dialysis machines and equipment used in rehabilitation, medical devices. These medical-grade resins can offer an important combination of properties, such as strength, toughness, heat tolerance, clarity, and biocompatibility. And some grades, such as CALIBRE™ MEGARAD™ Polycarbonate Resins, can be sterilized and disinfected by ultraviolet radiation, ensuring that patients are not exposed to microorganisms during their treatment.

So whether in a hospital, nursing home, or doctor’s office, plastics are an essential part of making medical devices safe, effective, and reliable.