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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.



Elizabeth M
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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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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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Ann R. Thryft   2/24/2014 10:57:12 AM
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Liz, I haven't been overnight in a hospital in years, but it was before the recent scary statistics. Now I also avoid them like, um, the plague.

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Elizabeth M   2/25/2014 5:06:06 AM
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Yes, I am with you, Ann. I don't even like to visit people in the hospital. It seems like there is a big backlash happening globally against hospitals and traditional medical care in general, or maybe it's just because I live in kind of a progressive- and alternative-minded case. For example, I know a lot of pregnant women at the moment and many of them are opting for home-birth situations because they, like you, want to avoid hospitals like the plague. They fell that there is more room for something unfortunate to happen in a hospital rather than out. Giving birth is of course a different scenario than needing to go to the hospital for a serious problem/illness, but still, there is something to be said for managing some medical situations outside of a hospital these days.

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Ann R. Thryft   2/26/2014 1:48:14 PM
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Liz, that's really interesting about the home-birth "movement". It sounds like a second wave after the first one in the late 60s and 70s. I think it may be part of a larger avoid-hospitals trend, but I wonder if there are any other factors involved. In the first wave, it also had to do with a search for more natural and traditional methods, and for better mental/psychological health of mom and baby.



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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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Ann R. Thryft   2/24/2014 10:56:44 AM
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far911, that's very interesting and thanks for sharing that info. Do you remember which of these materials was being used in the pacemaker?

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NadineJ   2/24/2014 5:23:33 PM
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I agree.  There are so many people in the world who will benefit greatly from these developments.  Great post.

Ann R. Thryft
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Ann R. Thryft   2/25/2014 12:21:24 PM
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Thanks, Nadine. It is heartening to see how quickly the big plastics manufacturers can and do respond to market needs that benefit the ultimate end-consumers of their products, especially in medical materials.



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Anti-microbial properties of their own?
TJ McDermott   2/24/2014 10:33:46 AM
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Ann, do any of the materials have anti-microbial properties of their own, or are they only intended to be better suited to harsher sterilization processes?

Ann R. Thryft
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Ann R. Thryft   2/24/2014 10:58:39 AM
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TJ, many plastics are inherently anti-microbial. Others can be made so by their manufacturers. Most, if not all, of these are one way or the other. That's a different set of characteristics from those needed to withstand various sterilization environments. Whether any of these are inherently anti-microbial or made so by design might be answered in the material's data sheet, or by the manufacturer.

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AnandY   2/24/2014 10:54:12 AM
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@ Ann R. Thryft, ubiquity of plastics has been more and more self-evident. Such wide use of plastics in medical industry is another example of the versatility of this one material. What is more interesting is that one kind of material can now withstand multiple sterilization processes which is simply remarkable and points toward the usefulness of such materials.

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Ann R. Thryft   2/25/2014 12:22:07 PM
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AnandY, I completely agree with you. last year the materials being touted by many of these same manufacturers could withstand one of those sterilization processes. Now it's all three, or even more in some cases. All I can say to that is "Wow!"

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AnandY   2/27/2014 2:24:23 AM
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@ Elizabeth M, it has been a serious cause of concern now for quite some time. We always listen to talks about people, other than patients, catching infections of various kinds in the hospital environment which makes it more and more scary to work in the hospitals or attend the patients there. It is good to see that we are heading toward better solutions.

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Elizabeth M   2/27/2014 5:51:03 AM
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Yes, i agree, the information out there does sort of frighten one at the thought of entering hospitals, AnandY. I am curious--do you work in the medical field? It seems like you speak from experience.

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