Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) is available in rigid and flexible forms. PVC can be extruded in a wide range of durometers and colors to meet virtually any need. Medical grade PVC tubing is resistant to many chemicals, solvents, corrosion and has a long life expectancy. It is also resistant to most sterilization methods. It’s extremely smooth surface provides maximum fluid flow characteristics, reducing sediment build up which could lead to bacterial growth.
PVC is uniquely well-suited for use in medical tubing. It's flexible, yet tough material is resistant to scratches and kinks that can render lesser materials useless or even dangerous for use in a medical setting.
For over 70 years, PVC medical devices have allowed patients and healthcare professionals to access an ever-widening range of medical applications for screening, diagnosis, treatment and care, with optimal technical performance, safety and comfort in use. Vinyl (another word for PVC) offers excellent durability, chemical resistance, low maintenance costs and affordability, which have made the plastic material a top choice when it comes to flooring, wall covering and other key elements of hygienic healthcare facilities.
Thanks to these features, the polymer is the single most used polymer for plastics-based medical devices used in hospitals. As one of the most versatile materials available, vinyl is also used extensively in the healthcare sector for cables for telecommunications, pipes for drinking water and sewage, energy-saving windows and a range of other products.