Along with the athletes, patrons, sporting events and competition defining the London Olympics 2012, there comes another aspect to the global event. Medical testing technicians, equipment and entire research labs coincide with the Olympic Games to ensure fair play practices. So what does this mean to the stainless steel industry and why should you care? Well, when seeing descriptions and videos of the testing centers, the use of stainless steel is apparent. It is used in every aspect of the testing for the same reasons hospitals and medical centers use it on a regular basis too. Thus, today I am going to share with you two ways the medical industry works with this durable, corrosion resistant metal.
Surgical and Orthopedic Equipment
The majority of surgical equipment is made from stainless steel or a similar alloy. These metals are used for dissecting tools, tweezers, forceps, needles and more. The reason why it is the metal of choice is due to the hygienic abilities it contains. The metal is easy to sterilize and clean, which are two factors of obvious high concerns for medical practices and industries. It decreases the risk of infection and spread of disease. Without the workings of proper medical material, the cost and loss of such negative results can shut down medical facilities and cause thousands of people to lose their jobs and income. Not to mention the loss of lives. By simply changing the material to one that satisfies the requirements and lowers any external risks, you are providing patients with security, safety and peace of mind.
The surgical department is not the only department where you see these materials used. The orthopedic arena relies upon it too.
If you break an ankle, knee and/or foot then a doctor may require the insertion of screws and pins to be placed within the injured area to help you heal in a healthy manner. These pieces are made from different types of stainless steel. The location and purpose of the orthopedic implant determines what type of steel grade is needed for that specific objective. Your physician and medical team are able to provide further detailed information.
Also, talk to a worldwide alloy distributor. Ask a product specialist about why certain materials are chosen ensuring you get the best treatment and material for your medical facility and/or project. Finding the right material is essential for the overall success of your staff, facility and patients' recoveries.