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Disease-Fighting Materials Spotlighted at MD&M West

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Ann R. Thryft
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Materials doing a lot more this year
Ann R. Thryft   2/20/2014 1:25:33 PM
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I was surprised at how much more these materials, especially the plastics, are doing this year compared to last year's show. Last year most of the new lines were antimicrobial and could withstand one sterilization process. This year, they're  antimicrobial and can withstand multiple sterilization processes, plus harsher cleaning chemicals.



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Elizabeth M   2/20/2014 3:03:06 PM
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Interesting slideshow, Ann. I think it's interesting to note the evolution of these type of products, as you do here. I knew about antimicrobial medical materials but didn't know about the rest. It's an important area as well, given that these superbugs that develop in hospitals are the cause of death for a lot more people than one would think.

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Ann R. Thryft   2/20/2014 3:19:32 PM
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The whole hospital-acquired infection (HAI) thing has a lot of people in hospitals running scared. As you can see, it's even an "official" acronym now, at least among suppliers to hospital managers. I also learned, as a side note, that not only patients but also staff are catching some of these super-bugs. What I find interesting is how long we've been hearing about this problem. I think it's at least a decade now.

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Charles Murray   2/20/2014 4:58:24 PM
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Great in-depth look at the show's materials, Ann. Yes, materaisl are doing more this year. I was amazed to see how many materials are now being displayed that are sufficiently compatible for implanation in the human body.

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Ann R. Thryft   2/20/2014 6:46:00 PM
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Thanks, Chuck. As you can see, most of them are plastics. So it was interesting to talk to Morgan Advanced Ceramics, which does ceramics and metals. I agree, though, there seemed to be a lot more materials that are being designed for either implants (29 days and more attachment or insertion) or short-term attachment (<29 days).

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far911   2/21/2014 12:46:22 PM
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Certainly these developments in the plastic field will save several people from diseases. Great post.

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Ann R. Thryft   2/21/2014 3:28:20 PM
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Thanks, far911. I always look forward to finding out at this show what new materials for medical applications will be able to do.

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far911   2/21/2014 11:09:16 PM
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Ann your this effort is keeping us posted with the new stuff available. In this field it helps me discuss with the doctors for patients and staffs health as one of my subsidiary makes hospital supplies. Thank you and salute you.

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far911   2/23/2014 1:52:50 PM
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Ann yesterday i was watching Fox news in which they were discussing about the PACE MAKERS using the materials you updated.

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Elizabeth M   2/24/2014 3:37:57 AM
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I know what you mean, Ann. I am lucky enough so far not to have ever been in a hospital overnight but for years if anyone in my family has ever been, their loved ones worry that they would get sicker rather than better. I actually have a bit of a fear of being in a hospital for this reason. It's good that after all this time something is finally being done to combat these superbugs.

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