Healthcare

The global healthcare market purchases about 30,000 tons of silicone products each year, which are used in a broad range of medical devices, specialized medical equipment, and pharmaceuticals.

The medical device sector is highly innovative and ever-changing and employs more than 1 million people globally. More than 2.4 million people are employed in the top ten largest markets in the pharmaceutical industry.

Because silicones are well tolerated by the human skin and body, they help:

  • Facilitate healing
  • Improve the appearance of existing scars
  • Reduce discomfort
  • Reduce patient risk
  • Enable life enhancing devices
  • Contribute towards various innovations

The video from CES – Silicones Europe shows how silicones enhance comfort for prosthetics users:

Silicones are hydrophobic, hypoallergenic, and non-reactive with most chemicals. Their chemical stability, durability, and elastic nature can make silicones ideal for use in applications involving long-term implantation in the human body. They are known for biocompatibility and biodurability, due to their inherent chemical and thermal stability, low surface tension, and ease of sterilization. Silicones’ ability to seal, bond, cushion, insulate, and encapsulate electronic components facilitates the miniaturization of many innovative electronic medical device technologies.

Medical applications and infant care products with silicone can satisfy the highest quality standards demanded by health care professionals and their patients. Resistant to bacteria, silicones are excellent for sensitive applications, such as respiratory tubing and topical medications. 

Silicones can most closely approximate the consistency of skin and offer exceptional cushion and comfort. Silicone-based prosthetics or artificial joints can be molded to a cushioning shape and have the durability to retain the shape, providing maximum comfort and safety. 

Silicones are used in:

  • Molds
  • Tubing
  • Impression molds in dental care
  • Prosthetics
  • Respirators
  • Intravenous drug and transfusion delivery systems
  • Ventilation masks
  • Cooling caps for chemotherapy treatments
  • Ventilation bags
  • Breathing tubes
  • Catheters
  • Medical adhesive applications
  • Topical medications
  • Anti-acid medications