A highly effective coating for catheters and other medical devices
Love of water – Friend of water. Hydrophilic coatings are employed to reduce surface friction and enhance lubricity. Hydrophilic coatings are used in a wide variety of markets and applications ranging from agricultural to healthcare. From catheters to greenhouse panels, protection and everything in between.
Hydrophilic as well as hydrophobic surfaces offer advantages for cleaning of technical surfaces. The following properties of hydrophilic coatings are interesting: less dirt, easy to clean, antifogging and inhibition of growth for vegetation and bacteria.
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Medical Industry to Dominate the Market
- Hydrophilic coatings are heavily required for the manufacturing of medical devices. This is major because applying hydrophilic coatings on medical devices provides an evenly wet and lubricated surface.
- Additionally, the coating helps in the reduction of surface friction, as compared to an uncoated device surface.
- Various medical devices, such as catheters and guide wires, benefit from such surfaces since there is a reduction in the insertion force, which allows them to traverse the vasculature easily, and avoid abrasions between the vessel walls and device surfaces. It also reduces the occurrence of tissue damage.
- With the ongoing innovation and technological development in medical devices, the demand for catheters and guidewires has been continuously increasing. Due to this, the demand for hydrophilic coatings has increased from the medical sector, thus, providing a boost to the market.
- Moreover, owing to the increasing number of hospitals across the world, along with the increasing requirement of medical assistance, the demand and production of such medical devices have been growing at a strong pace.
- Currently, hospital projects have been increasing significantly in Asia-Pacific and Middle East & Africa, owing to the growing demand for medical assistance and limited healthcare infrastructure in these regions. Regions, like North America and Europe, are also witnessing new and expansion hospital projects, due to a growing aged population and the increasing need for medical assistance. For instance:
- In December 2018, Phase 2, Danat Al Emarat hospital expansion project of USD 81 million was planned in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates, which is expected to be completed by 2022
- Thus, with growth in medical device production, the demand for hydrophilic coatings from the medical device industry is likely to increase considerably during the forecast perio