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Silicones and Health

When it comes to health care, we want the best for ourselves and our families. We want the reassurance that the tools used by health care professionals are safe, clean and dependable. Health care professionals want that too and more.

A selection of applications using silicones

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A total of 11,000 metric tons of product was sold to the health care marker generating sales of €118 million.

Why are silicones used in health care?

Because silicones are well tolerated by the human skin and body, they can facilitate healing, improve the appearance of existing scars, and reduce discomfort. They also reduce patient risk, enable life enhancing devices and contribute towards various innovations. This makes silicones an integral part of innovative medical treatments and care.

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Medical applications and infant care products with silicone can satisfy the highest quality standards demanded by health care professionals and their patients. Resistant to bacteria, silicones are easy to sterilise and are excellent for sensitive applications, such as respiratory tubing and topical medications. Silicones do not react with other materials and do not irritate the body. They are also hypoallergenic so they can be used safely for skin contact use as well as intravenously. Of course silicones used in medical applications are subject to thorough testing and regulations to ensure their safety.

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Where used as a coating on needles and syringes, silicones reduce pain on entering the skin and reduce drag on the syringe barrel. Silicones’ adhesion properties also contribute to improvements in safe wound management.

Other life-changing silicone uses

Silicones can most closely approximate the consistency of skin and offer exceptional cushion and comfort. Silicone-based prosthetics or artificial joints can be moulded to a cushioning shape and have the durability to retain the shape, providing maximum comfort and safety in these sensitive applications. They also resist bacterial growth and help reduce the risk of infections.

 

 

By using products made with silicones, you generate on average 9 TIMES LESS GREENHOUSE GASES than were emitted during manufacturing and disposal of that product.