The medical industry is highly equipped with rubber products. The rubber
products which are used in hospitals are wide and varied. Rubber is used to
make various objects like surgical gloves, tubes, stoppers, condoms,
breathing bags, cushioning or supporting materials, prosthetics, implants
Types of rubber used in making medical products
Types of Medical rubber products
Some popular medical rubber
products are as follows:
- Rubber Caps/Tabs for Medical use: Rubber caps are
specially designed for medical purposes. These are caps on T-piece as
the main adjunct which provides pass and injection port for infusion and
transfusion sets. They are made of natural rubber and polychloroprene
- Rubber Tubes for Infusion and
Transfusion Set: This is a component of infusions sets, through
which the medicine liquid can be added into the infusion canula. It is
suitable for medicine liquid addition. Made of synthetic rubber etc.
- Birth Control Products:
Rubber is used to make various products which serve as effective birth
control measures like condoms, diaphragms, and cervical caps.
- Surgical Gloves: Surgical
gloves are made of various types of synthetic rubber as well as from the
latex of natural rubber. These gloves are designed with some features
which may not be available in normal glove. Such features are like ultra
sensitivity, extra flexibility, maximum strength, greater protection,
ambidextrous and can be sterilized.
- Rubber Medical Masks:
Rubber is also used to make various kinds of masks used for medical
purposes. The breathing mask also known as oxygen mask are manufactured
using natural rubber and silicone rubber. Such masks are specially
designed to provide a tight seal without leakage and are widely used by
aviators, medical researchers and other patients that require
administration of 100% oxygen.
- Rubber Catheters: Rubber
is used to make medical catheters. A catheter is a flexible tube made of
latex or silicone and can be inserted into the body creating a way for
the passage of fluid or the entry of a medical device. Compared to latex
or natural rubber catheter, silicone rubber catheters are believed to be
superior as silicone is more bio compatible, causes less cell death, and
more resistant to bacterial colonization.
- Rubber Bulb Syringe: It is
syringe with a hollow rubber bulb and a cannula. The rubber bulb and the
cannulla are provided with a check valve. The syringe is used on
- Rubber bladders: A
bladder is a device made of rubber that can be used for a containing a
substance. In medical industry, this is the most common product used in
blood pressure monitor units. A typical blood pressure monitor features
a neoprene or rubber pump bulb or a rubber bladder that a medical expert
squeezes to build air pressure in the system.