Plastics compounds that enable innovations in medical device design are among the highlights at this week's Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) West in Anaheim, California.
A DuPont polyacetal grade developed specifically for medical devices is used for a safety scalpel blade holder introduced by Southmedic. The Special Control grade is said to provide superior stiffness, low friction and compliance with USP Class VI and ISO 10993 -5 and -11 regulations.
The injection molded blade holder incorporates a snap-fit design for attachment of a clear retractable polycarbonate (PC) sheath and metal blade. The PC sheath slides along the substrate's grooved track.
Southmedic developed the safety scalpel -- called CABO-- because surgeons are faced with a growing number of safety mandates such as the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act in the United States, according to Ken Noseworthy, Southmedic's vice president of Proprietary Sales and Business Development....