Medical equipment

Medical equipment

Chemistry is used to manufacture nearly all of the plastic and vinyl medical devices used in today's hospitals and health care clinics. Today's medical equipment has unique needs to remain durable enough for daily use while helping to create clean, sterile, and germ-free environments.


Many routine medical processes utilize state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment, stethoscopes, bandages and other novel fabrics, syringes, surgical instruments, blood bags, and plastic supplies that are produced through chemistry. Hygroscopic polymers in nappies prevent from inflammation the sensitive skin of babies.

Did you know?

In 1816, French physician Théophile Laennec rolled a quire of paper into a kind of cylinder to monitor the heartbeat of a female patient. This way, he invented the stethoscope.