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Prescription for improved IV pole

Polycarbonate blend resin enhances health care environment

Prescription for improved IV pole

While medical technology has made great strides, one aspect of patient care remains largely untouched: the IV pole. That’s all changing, thanks in part to polycarbonate blend resin from Covestro.

Safepole
Bayblend® PC+ABS blend resin from Covestro provides strength for many of Safepole’s accessories.

Task

Due to its design, the traditional IV pole can cause tripping and other hazards for patients and health care workers. Safepole is an innovative solution that incorporates safety and ergonomic features that help reduce accidents and improve the quality of life for both patients and hospital staff.

Challenge

Safepole needed a material that could withstand everyday wear and tear. Several distinct elements of the unit are injection molded, including an oxygen tank holder, a large utility basket, a router to organize IV tubes and a dome to cover the rubber wheels that keeps tubes from becoming entangled.

Solution

Bayblend® FR3010 PC+ABS blend resin was the perfect prescription needed to meet Safepole’s stringent design and manufacturing requirements. The strong, impact-resistant, chemical-resistant and flame-retardant plastic offers ease of processing and the ability to be easily color matched to a hospital or other medical setting. Furthermore, Covestro was able to offer technical assistance and information on how best to use brass inserts within the plastic to mount necessary equipment.

Case Profile

Supplier

Covestro LLC

Application

Accessory parts for innovative IV pole

Bayblend® (PC+ABS- Blend; PC+ASA-Blend) - Discover the best of both worlds

Bayblend® FR3010 PC+ABS resin blend is strong and impact resistant.

With aggressive cleaners being used in medical environments, this material has proven chemical resistance that can stand up to harsh substances and scrubbing.

Bayblend® FR3010 PC+ABS resists catching on fire and is known to be effective in slowing or resisting burning.

This thermoplastic can be easily color matched to a hospital or other medical setting.

Bayblend® FR3010 PC+ABS is easy to process and has an optimal flow rate, enabling the use of the same material for multiple components in the application.

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