- What Are Silicones?
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Silicones play a very important role in healthcare, enabling the development of advanced technologies through innovation. They are a key part of advanced medical devices such as artificial hearts and electronic prostheses. Prosthetics manufacturers turn to silicones, because they enable the flexible and realistic movement users require to perform a wide range of tasks. On top of that, silicones can mimic the effect of real tissue, all the way down to the finer details, creating very natural-looking prosthetics that are hard to distinguish from real limbs. Silicones are going to be a crucial part of the next big leap in the evolution of healthcare. And that’s a good thing.
Discover more about silicones in healthcare in our factsheet Silicones and Health.
Silicone producers across Europe have come together to launch a campaign that aims to raise awareness of the little known and impressive benefits of silicones. Our year-round campaign will focus on four sectors where silicones’ enabling properties make their most smart and surprising contributions – energy, construction, healthcare and electronics.
Silicones are well tolerated by the human skin so they can facilitate healing and improve the appearance of existing scars.
Over 50 years of scientific research has been dedicated to assess the safety of silicones to consumers, workers and the environment.
Silicones play an active role in innovation, enabling new health applications such as artificial hearts and electronic prostheses.
€400 million is invested annually on research and development of silicones, almost two times greater than the estimated proportion of GDP spent on research and development in the OECD countries.
Silicones resist bacterial growth and help reduce the risk of infections.
Silicone dressings minimise pain on removal, reducing anxiety and promoting faster healing.
Silicones are used as needle coating to help reduce pain when the needle enters the skin, as they make the surface of the needle extremely smooth.
Silicones are resistant to bacteria, easy to sterilise and are excellent for sensitive applications such as respiratory tubing and infant care products.
Silicones are used in pacemakers as they are hypoallergenic, do not react with other materials and insulate wires.
Silicones are ideal for external prosthetics and artificial joints as they offer exceptional cushioning and provide maximum comfort making them the perfect material.