Resuscitation / Emergency Medicine
In some cases products are folded and stored in uncontrolled conditions for lengthy periods of time and then are literally ripped out of their packages and deployed quickly. The nature of traditional plastic films is that they tend to take a set and become brittle over time.
Dielectrics always looks at the hazards of the application first, and then considers material selection. We are instrumental in assisting in all aspects of the product design, from the raw materials on up. The designs for this type of product also take into account their storage and use conditions. In many cases, products undergo stringent testing and process validations to ensure that they will hold up to extreme storage and usage conditions.
The other important aspect of emergency use products is that they perform their functional without putting either the caregiver or patient at any additional risk. Consider the design for the Laerdal's Inflate-A-Shield, which deflects vomitus from the rescuer while performing mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Here the product is folded into a small keychain attachment, and then inflated and used in seconds. Another example is the Zoll Lifeband, which has a special self-inflating air barrier that prevents injury during chest compressions. Special considerations and were given in the material selection and process engineering to cost-effectively combine a variety of engineered plastics in a single device.
In other cases, the product is controlled by a machine. The success of these machines depends on the product being consistent so that when it takes performance readings, it doesn't throw off its closed-loop control algorithms. This requires that these complex disposables be built to tight tolerances with "can't fail" designs. It is exactly this elegance in engineering and construction that result in the ease of use our customers have come to expect.
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