Lubricant device coatings are one of the most common types of medical coatings.
Needless to say, there are an extensive range of medical device coatings that are circulating throughout hospitals and medical facilities everywhere. These coatings are classified through specific categories such as lubricants, antimicrobial coatings, and so on. One of the most significant factors that come into play when it comes to these devices is sanitation. Medical coatings must maintain the ability to repel bacteria and avoid any allergic substances to ensure that it agrees with the patient – along with avoiding the risk of contracting new infections.
Lubricant coatings are typically used on devices that require assistance when it comes to the insertion into other devices. One of the most common applications is the catheter. Catheters must be well lubricated so the patient does not have to endure a painful insertion.
Furthermore, it can pose a significant danger to the patient as the insertion process can lead to open wounds and sores that could develop into something more hazardous. The lubricant acts as a barrier that reduces both kinetic and static friction, which in turn leads to ease of contact on a variety of surfaces. Each lubricant that is applied must meet the patient’s biocompatibility and hemocompatibility standards to avoid the risk of infection or viral spread. It’s an integral factor that plays a huge role in the use of lubricants in this day and age. And, thanks to processes such as PECVD and UHV sputter deposition, sanitation and cleanliness are at the forefront of each process.