Engineering polymers fight infections in surgical clothing


One weapon in the fight against infections in hospitals is increasing use of high-end engineering plastics in surgical gowns.

One of the interesting exhibits at MD&M West held in Anaheim, CA earlier this month was a life-sized anatomical human model wearing clothing made of fabrics supplied by SABIC's Innovative Plastics business and developed at the company's Polymer Processing Development Center in Pittsfield, MA.

SABIC supplies fibers made from Ultem and Siltem polyetherimide, Lexan polycarbonate and PC copolymers, Noryl polyphenylene oxide, and Valox thermoplastic polyester.

"You can add Ultem as a 40% blend and improve the fabric's ability to withstand sterilization processes," said David Wildgoose general manager, engineering resins-North America Innovative Plastics at SABIC, in an interview at MD&M West. "You can also improve design and comfort because of the material's light weight flexibility and colorfastness."

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