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Single-Use Endoscopes: A Trend towards Better Patient Safety

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Design continues to save lives. The disposability designed into single-use medical devices such as surgical masks, syringes, and suction catheters has reduced the risk of infection and boosted patient safety. The widening trend of single-use devices such as these has helped to make a good case for using disposable flexible endoscopes in many surgical and non-surgical procedures.

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ASTM F2096 - the bubble test explained

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Join us for an overview of ASTM F2096 - Detecting Gross Leaks in Packaging by Internal Pressurization (ie the Bubble Test). The bubble test is destructive, and designed to test the integrity of the packaging seal strength.

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Bioprocessing Single-use Technologies - A Primer

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According to BCC Research, the global single-use technology market will reach over $4.3 billion by 2021. The most significant increase will be in the highly adaptable disposable mixing system segment. Mixing systems are used in every form of biopharmaceutical production as well as through stages of testing. 

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Moisture Management in Wound Care: Highlighting MVTR in Transparent Film Dressings

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A wound can be described or defined in many ways: by its source, anatomical location and appearance, whether acute or chronic, by presenting symptoms, and by the method of closure. In fact, all of these descriptions serve a critical purpose in the assessment and appropriate treatment and management of the wound. Successful wound management seeks symptom resolution and, if viable, complete healing. Managing skin wound care involves supporting the damaged tissue by promoting restoration through the formation of connective tissue and re-growth of the epithelium. Optimum conditions for wound healing involve creating a desirable micro-environment in which an ideal moisture content is one of the most important factors.

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Anatomy of Films Used in Bioprocessing

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In the early days of disposable medical devices, the biopharmaceutical industry manufactured single-use films made with "off-the-shelf" materials borrowed from other industries, such as food. Over the years, various experiences and research into the safety of medical grade materials have taught manufacturers that using materials not specifically designed and intended for use with pharmaceuticals was not the wisest choice.

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