How material choice impacts IV pump failures
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In examining why devices fail, it's crucial to understand what happens when they are exposed to disinfectants and other harsh chemicals during cleaning. Constant exposure to many of these chemicals can damage a device's structure - causing cracks, crazing, discoloration, and stickiness - and lead to compromised device performance, longevity, and ultimately, safety.
Material choice is a major factor in a device's success or failure. The reality is that many materials commonly used in medical devices today have a low level of compatibility with current disinfectants and cleaning protocols. Low chemical resistance combined with the high-stress environment of a healthcare setting often lead to device failures.
Infusion pumps are the No. 1 medical device plagued with significant safety issues related to failures. Ivenix, a medical technology company, is dedicated to eliminating infusion-related patient harm. Recognizing the link between chemical resistance, impact, and device failure, Ivenix collaborated with Eastman to select the latest medical housing polymer for its debut infusion pump. The Eastman polymers used to make the Ivenix pump provide excellent chemical resistance and durability to the aggressive disinfectants used for cleaning devices.
Read more about the Eastman and Ivenix collaboration in this blog.