Healthcare of today would surely not be possible without the invention of plastic materials. Plastic is used in almost 80%-90% of things in the medical industry. From the casing of an open MRI machine to the smallest tubing in a sample where one collects blood, plastic is literally used everywhere in this industry. Plastics in healthcare has changed how it is today by making it simple and also less painful. It has also reduced the weight of frames and lenses. They are also one of the main ingredients in modern prosthetic devices that offer some amazing flexibility, comfort, and even mobility. Plastics are fitted into artificial hip replacements, knee replacements, and also in so many areas which play a significant role in the world of medicine.
Traditionally speaking, glass, metals and even ceramics were used for these medicinal implants and devices, but plastic has proven to be a lighter and better polymer which is way better suited, has better compatibility, and it even costs lesser when compared to others. Thin tubes which are known as catheters are utilized to unblock some blood vessels, with some deposit obstructing the vessels; the catheter can break it down with vessel support. Plastic pill casings are made of a substance called tartaric acid-based polymer, and this gradually breaks down in some amount of time. Synthetic materials play a very significant role in repairing some diseased arteries, which cannot be helped by the vessel support. People who have severely damaged hearing can have plastic implants inserted, which allow them to hear sound again properly.
Sterility: plastics have been amazingly and widely used to create medical tools and also devices like surgical gloves, syringes, insulin pens, catheters, IV tubes, and so many more things. Plastic is even being used to create an antimicrobial touch to all surfaces in regions of a hospital where we can’t afford to have micro-organisms. This reduces the fact that there may be a chance of dangerous diseases spreading.
Safety enhanced: The durable nature of plastic allows the application of it in medical safety to be in tamper proof caps on medical packages, blister packs, and many kinds of waste disposal bags. Medical plastic bags are also used to get rid of medical waste, which is very harmful for a normal person to come in contact with. They also prove to be a part of protective coatings in many areas of medicine.
Even though plastics don’t pose to be everyone’s favorite item, out in the real world because of its non-biodegradable nature, it has been a huge boon to the medical industry. Without plastics, there would be so many more deaths and disease outbreaks. We should use it with utmost responsibility.