Infection Driving Surface Compatibility Research and Education

Medical device housings are subject to cracking, crazing and discoloration from some disinfectants that are used to reduce rates of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), and this can lead to equipment breakdowns. Surface compatibility with chemical disinfectants in the healthcare environment is a growing area of research and requires education of healthcare professionals and key stakeholders around the associated challenges and opportunities. ICT spoke with Ellen Turner, global market development manager of specialty plastics in medical devices for Eastman Chemical Company, and Laurie Rabens, senior product manager in marketing for Clorox Healthcare, regarding what healthcare personnel need to know.

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