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About Why Single-Use Medical Plastics Have Become Heroes of the Fight Against COVID-19?


COVID-19 pandemic has placed greater emphasis on the benefits of singleuse plastics. It is not possible to imagine a hospital without the ability to have sterile single-use devices.


Plastic performs many essential functions in our society, particularly in health care. Single-use surgical gloves, PPEs , diagnostic kits , syringes, insulin pens, IV tubes, and catheters, for example, have reduced the risk of infection and streamlined operations at hospitals by lifting the burden of sterilization. Medical institutions advise to use double-bag for clinical waste from Covid-19 patients.


Plastics fall into three main categories. The first, and most recognizable, is commodity plastics like polypropylene, polyethylene, styrene or PVC (polyvinyl chloride). These are used for high-volume, often single-use disposable applications like tubing, blood unit bags, masks, gowns or packaging. The second is engineering grades like polycarbonate, acetal, ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) or TPEs (thermoplastic elastomers). These are used for medium- to high-volume applications like housings for medical electronics, including ventilators, drug delivery auto-injectors and surgical tools. Lastly, high-performance plastics like the sulfones is another material used in healthcare. These are typically lower-volume but driven by the need to reuse the devices, which include orthopedic surgical tools and robotic surgical parts.


These products are both protecting the dedicated men and women on the front line of the pandemic but also protecting the very patients whose lives they are trying to save. Ensures devices and drugs havenít been tampered with through packaging with seals, deliver medicines in sterile containers.


The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that reopening restaurants switch to disposable menus, plates, and utensils, and swap in single-portion condiments. Also used for home delivery services, hand sanitiser bottles.


In addition to changing some attitudes among the general public about singleuse plastics, COVID-19 has contributed to a major shift in the usage and supply of plastics for healthcare applications.

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