PAEK-sheathed lithium battery trumps NiCad in the OR

Despite their high cost, lithium batteries are becoming more prolific because of their high charge density.

Their use is growing in medical devices because they can be immediately autoclaved with other instruments in a single tray, unlike standard nickel-cadmium rechargeable batteries.

One example comes from ConMed Linvatec, a medical device supplier based in Largo, FL, which says it has developed the industry's first UL-approved autoclavable battery. The Hall Lithium Battery system powers surgical tools for reconstructive orthopedic procedures uses a battery housing made of AvaSpire polyaryletherketone (PAEK) resin from Solvay Specialty Polymers (Alpharetta, GA)....

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