Parylene is a versatile material which is used in many areas of manufacturing, and is suitable for numerous surfaces. Parylene is a conformal protective polymer which can be applied to a significant number of materials. Whether it needs to be applied to glass, metal, ceramic or ferrite, parylene is highly suitable for these and many other surfaces. Not only is it popular in manufacturing, but also other areas too, such as the medical field.
Parylene is an effective and reliable medical device coating, and can be used for a significant number of items. Devices that it can be applied to include stents, catheters, elastomeric seals, needles, epidural probes, cochlear and ocular implants, as well as cardiac assist devices. Parylene is applied to surfaces at room temperature, which allows it to evenly coat the surface of the device.
One of the many reasons to explain why parylene is very popular is because it can be administered in various sizes. When it is applied to surfaces using vacuum deposition equipment, the size and thickness of the coating itself ranges from.100 to 76 microns. Therefore, various medical tools which are of any size can have parylene successfully applied to it.
Even though a doctor, physician's assistant, or nurse might be unaware of what parylene is and does, there are many benefits to parylene when it is used as a medical device coating. Since no solvents or substrates are utilized at any point when applying parylene, the quality of parylene is not compromised in any way. This is very important to medical professionals because they need to be reassured that the tools which they rely on are of the highest quality. Parylene provides an efficient service at all times.
Another benefit of Parylene as a medical device coating is no pinholes are apparent. In sterile medical environments, such as an operating room, having a clean and germ-free area is imperative. Parylene is able to offer such assistance. If scalpels that have a Parylene coating are used regularly by surgeons, there are no concerns regarding bacteria or allergic reactions, as parylene is sterile. As the saying goes,' a workman shouldn't blame his tools', and when using medical devices that are coated with parylene, such criticism won't occur.
When Parylene is used as a medical device coating for the aforementioned tools as well as many others, additional benefits occur. Parylene is an efficient moisture and chemical barrier, and also has thermal stability. When Parylene is applied to medical devices and other types of medical equipment, its dry-film lubricity allows for low levels of static and friction.
In operating rooms where high levels of friction may be apparent, minimalizing the chances of this from happening is important. This is important because when increased levels of friction are detected, accidents can happen. When Parylene is used as a medical device coating, the odds of accidents occurring are reduced substantially. Since parylene has effective dielectric properties and is both biostable and biocompatible, it continues to be the preferred medical device coating of many professionals around the world.