Eastman has a number of medical-grade polymers that are currently being used to make devices and packaging that meet or exceed stringent compliance and market demands.
The polymers are bisphenol A free, halogen-free, not manufactured with ortho-phthalates, easily recyclable in the medical waste stream and have improved durability for harsh environments.
Eastman’s Tritan copolyester is compatible with aggressive cleaners and disinfectants and don’t break down after multiple cleanings. It is able to withstand a chemical attack from Virex Tb, which is a common disinfectant in hospitals and clinics. Typically, the more a plastic is cleaned with a harsh disinfectant, its chances of forming cracks increases.
The company’s polymers have been used in Mindray’s patient monitors. Since the monitors move with the patient throughout their entire stay at a hospital, the system comes into contact with various hospital-acquired infections and needs to be cleaned continuously without breaking down the housing.