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Silicones and Health
Jun 06, 2016

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

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. This makes silicones an integral part of innovative medical treatments and care.

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 sterilize 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.

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.