Medical disposables, safety at a low price

When we speak of disposable material we refer to products designed for a single use after which it is recycled or disposed of as solid waste. Examples include syringes, gauze and bandages, mouth covers, surgical gowns, gloves, urethral catheters, surgical sponges, among others.

The market for disposable medical products in the United States accounted for approximately 70% of the market for disposable medical products in North America in 2011. In the same year, North America had more than 35% in the global market for disposable medical products. Asia Pacific is also expected to experience strong growth due to growing awareness among consumers about healthcare. Some of the other aspects that are likely to increase the demand for disposable medical products in Asia Pacific are the aging of the population, the increase in disposable income and the increase in government expenditures in the health sector.

The increases in medical facilities for the treatment of the emerging geriatric population in the first world countries is the main factor that allowed the expansion of the world market of disposable medical products. Some of the other factors that influence the expansion of the market are the growing awareness among consumers about the benefits of infection control, which basically include a better quality of life and a minimal expenditure of related medical care.

GPC Medical manufactures medical disposables that are used effectively and efficiently by health professionals in a large number of hospitals. GPC Medical offers a wide range of high quality disposable medical products at unbeatable prices in the market.

Medical disposables often involve low price and short-term convenience rather than medium or long-term durability. However, the most important factor in the design of disposable products is not only the cost, single-use medical devices require an adequate balance between performance, cost, reliability, and useful life.

Plastics are often used in the manufacture of disposables because they can be purchased at affordable prices and also have a wide variety of derivatives that can be used in the manufacture of a wide variety of materials useful in the medical industry; for example in the elaboration of a device such as a syringe that must be subjected to extreme pressure, polycarbonates are used due to their resistance. PVC can also be used due to its flexibility. On the other hand, the reusable devices are made of more expensive and resistant materials, such as ceramics or steel.

The assembly of the disposable device depends mainly on injection molded plastic, assembly by bonding, gluing, ultrasonic welding or radiofrequency welding. The high volume of production of single-use devices requires an automated assembly in clean rooms to minimize human contact.

Unlike reusable devices, which are often sterilized in the sanitary facility, the disposable devices are sterilized at the place of manufacture. The device and packaging must be designed to adapt to sterilization.

One of the main reasons for the use of disposable medical material is the control of the infection, to be used only once cannot transmit contaminants to subsequent patients.

The companies that are in charge of the elaboration and distribution of medical material must comply with numerous rules and regulations. One of the guidelines implies that single-use instruments must be classified as such in their packages with the universally recognized symbol to indicate “one-time use”; this symbol is number 2, enclosed within a circle with a 45 degree line through it.

The reuse of disposable medical devices has been a practice popularized in recent years in US hospitals, since it allows reducing medical waste costs. However, it is imperative that before medical devices can be reprocessed and reused, external or hospital reprocessors meet the same requirements that apply to OEMs, in accordance with FDA regulations.



What to Look for When Choosing a Medical OEM Partner

The term medical device refers to any instrument, device, implement, machine, implant, reagent for in vitro use, software, material or other similar article or related to medical practice.

Medical devices are essential so that the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of diseases and ailments are safe and effective. The achievement of development objectives related to health, including the Sustainable Development Goals, depends on the manufacture, regulation, planning, evaluation, acquisition, management and use of medical devices of good quality, safe and compatible with the environments in which they are developed. They are used as stated in resolution WHA60.29 of the World Health Assembly, the mission of the staff dedicated to medical devices in the Department of Essential Drugs and Health Products is to ensure better access, quality and use of safe and adequate medical devices in accordance with the provisions of the reform of primary health care.

When choosing a medical OEM partner it is important that it meets certain characteristics that ensure that this relationship will be fruitful for both.


The use of state-of-the-art technology is a very important aspect since it guarantees a product of the highest quality and a relevant adaptation to the needs of each user.
In current medicine it is essential to use state-of-the-art equipment that facilitates the daily activity of patients who have some type of disability or illness, obviously without neglecting the maximum performance of the equipment with a minimum of energy consumption.

Certificate of Free Sale

The OEM must have a certificate of free sale issued by the competent regulatory authority, which certifies that the product referred to in the certificate is authorized for sale, use and distribution in the country or region of origin. This certificate may include one or more products and must not be older than two years after its issuance


For a good partnership to develop, it is essential that both parties work together to achieve mutual goals.

The Partnership must be established with institutions that maintain a vision and values similar to yours, that share the same goals and with whom a good affinity is established. Before starting an Partnership project, you should try to get to know this possible new partner, not only in the business sector, but also in the personnel.

Every project will require time and sacrifice, therefore it is essential that the partners show a similar level of commitment.

Most problems among people are related to communication problems. In every project of association always arise altercations; the key is that through the dialogue can be obtained a consensus decision that benefits both.

A good medical OEM partner must have human resources trained and experienced in the field of medicine, in order that they provide their clinical and technical knowledge for the development of equipment that adapts to the different situations that arise in the medical practice of which they are participants.


Before establishing an association with a medical OEM, you must ensure the quality and trajectory of the company. Companies with more than 30 years of experience ensure stability and reliability.

Registration with the FDA

Owners or operators of commercial sites involved in the production and distribution of medical devices must register annually with the FDA. This process is known as an establishment record. All establishments that are required to register with the FDA must also present the list of medical devices they produce, as well as the tasks for which these devices are designed. The owner / operator must submit the FDA pre-commercialization number if they want their medical device to obtain approval for marketing in the US.

Orthopedic Supports: Comforters for Patients

Human body is a complex system of nature which requires certain care and toning. In case a person doesn’t care much about the needs of his/her body, it is most likely to fall under stress. Any condition that compels your body to stay inactive falls under muscle stress. Orthopedic support is the solution we turn our heads to. Several supporting materials are available in the market for several body parts. Let’s move to the types in which orthopedic supports are available.

Orthopedic Support for Upper Body:

The Orthopedic Support for upper body comprises the supports for neck, back and shoulders. For neck, there are several kinds and sizes of orthopedic braces designed specifically for relieving aches in cervical collars. Most of the readers are quite aware of these braces. In case someone gets injured and the cervical collar is damaged, these braces are a great help in relieving the pain caused by the damage. The cushions are curved in design in order to adjust properly in the arch of the back and neck as well. These cushions are also known as orthopedic pillows.

There are cases in which the patients are partially recovered. In these cases, they are allowed to drive or to sit in chairs or to take any physiotherapy classes. While performing these tasks, a situation may arise where the pain strikes back. In order to prevent the pain from causing maximum displeasure, orthopedic pillows come in to aid the victim. These pillows, apart from relieving the pain, also help in promoting better sleep.

Orthopedic Support for Lower Body:

Orthopedic Rehabilitation Products & AidsThe most common and sought-after lower body orthopedic support is the feet support. Feet are one of the most sensitive parts of the human body. The probability of feet injury is a bit more than any other body part due to one of the other reason. The orthopedic foot support is made as per the sizes and dimensions of standard shoes. Arch support for the heel is the best orthopedic support which is designed to heal the ankle or the heel of your feet.

Knee braces are another type of orthopedic supports. In case a patient is recovering from a serious knee injury or has undergone a surgery, knee-braces are the best option. The knee-braces are designed in a manner which not only provide stabilization to the joints, but also aids in preventing the knee joints from further clogging or tilting. The healing of the knee is done when the braces apply pressure on the affected area causing it to press against the other part. There are several kinds of knee-braces and some are adjustable as well.

The orthopedic supports are the best option for the post-operation relief. They are available in different sizes and shapes. The gel-filled arch supports are trending these days and they can provide the best support because they can be cooled and then be used properly. Human body needs to be cared for the way we take care of other artificial things in our lives.


All you need to know about Medical Implants

 A medical device made to support biological structures which get damaged, helps in replacing biological structures which are missing, or helps in enhancing biological structures which already exist is called an implant. Medical implants are devices made by man transplanted for biomedical tissues. Titanium, apatite and silicone are biomedical materials which are used in the surface of implants for contacting the body. These are used according to the requirement of function. Cochlear implants and artificial implants are electronics which are used in some of the implants whereas, some implants as per the requirement are bioactive such as devices which are drug delivery. Let’s discuss some of the common implants which even we are familiar with and which help people to heal from their injuries,

Medical Implants

Can You Get Artificial Hips?

The medical joints or devices used in surgeries for the replacement of hips are called artificial hips. They are implanted according to the need and requirement of patients, that is, there can be a half as well as full hip replacements. The artificial hips contain almost 60 types, so you can choose according to your own need.

Yes there are Different Types of Breast Implants:

Devices used for reconstructing, enhancing or reshaping the size of breast of a woman are called breast implants. Breast implants are of three types:

  • Composite
  • Saline
  • Silicone

You can get the kind of breast implants you want according to your requirement.

The Two Types of Heart Pacemakers:

Patients with heart diseases or with conditions causing abnormal heart rhythms go for heart pacemakers. Now, heart pacemakers comes in two types. One in which chambers of the heart are triggered and the second one is used to control the rate and rhythm of the heart by sending an electrical pulse to it. Both these devices come under medical implants, they are implanted under a person’s skin near his heart to control the heartbeat.

Artificial Knees for Support

The real knee or joint of a patient gets changed by an artificial knee according to the requirement of the patient. That is whether he wants a total knee replacement surgery or wants to go for half replacement. This category has also several types, so you are given options which you can choose according to your need.

Artificial Eye for Different Requirements:

A surgery is the one where patients eyes lens are replaced by artificial eyes. Artificial eyes have four types depending on the requirements and need conditions of the patients. The types are as following:

  • Mono-focal Lenses
  • Astigmatic Lenses
  • Mono-vision Lenses
  • Multi-focal Lenses

Each of these lenses offer visual result of different size.

Ear Tubes as Saviour

Patient’s ears that can’t be treated by medication are fixed by ear tubes which are used diminish the damages caused in ears. How are they implanted? They are inserted into the drums of ears, these are basically small tubes. A variety of them is available in the market. From which some of them are used for temporary purposes while others are designed to treat long-term chronic conditions. All these types depend on the patients requirements and how much need they require for this.


Managing neck pain at home with cervical solutions

Cervical collar which is also called a neck brace is a medical device used in orthopedic cases. It is most commonly used for neck, lower head and spine injuries and to treat chronic medical conditions. It can also be used in emergency cases of neck or upper spine injury to prevent further damage or injuries. Its main function is to maintain the perfect or prescribed neck and head position and to relieve pain of the patient.

Using cervical collar is very helpful because it aids in re-positioning the cervical vertebrae so that it does not face any further problem in the future; however cervical collar only stabilizes the top seven vertebrae, C1 to C7. These collars are made from a range of supplies and materials such as elastic cotton, nylon, molded plastic and foam rubber.

Cervical Collars

Types of Cervical Collars:

Soft/Standard Collar:

A soft collar or a standard cervical collar is the most commonly used one, made from foam and stockinet. A Velcro strap is in place for support purposes. Commonly patients suffering from soft cervical spine injury or chronic condition are given a soft collar for some days to a month. Slight movement of neck and the head is possible with these collars. The fine quality does not affect the skin, leaving no rash or itchy marks.

Thomas-Type Collar:

This is also a very well known type of cervical collar. Just like the above mentioned soft collar, it is made up of vinyl plastic and also has some small holes for suitable ventilation. The best feature of this collar is that it also has a chin rest with it which is very comfortable. There are foam pads attached and upper and lower sides so the plastic does not bother the patient or be painful.

Philadelphia Cervical Collars:

These collars come in a two piece part. The first part protects the back portion of the neck and the other part is for supporting the front portion. It is made up of Velcro or hard plastic for firm support and some amount of movement. As these collars are made up of hard material, there is nice and soft foam padding which are non allergic and comfortable. While supporting the neck muscles, it takes time to heal the spinal cord and ligaments. It’s the best type of collar for people with cervical issues. In the hospitals, it has space in the middle for emergency tracheotomy procedure.

Miami-J Collar:

A Miami-J collar is much like the Philadelphia collar but just has an additional thoracic extension brace for supporting the thoracic spine of the body. Along with the plastic, that allows movement, it also has foam padding internally for comfort and loses for ventilation. Many experts call it just like the Philadelphia brace but with extra comfort.

Aspen Collar:

An Aspen collar is like the Miami-J and Philadelphia one, but the major difference is the padding. It is much softer and is considered more breathable and different than the two. It also has space in the middle for emergency tracheotomy procedure.


There is a different collar for emergencies in paramedic setting which is very hard and sued temporarily for hospital transportation only to keep the head and neck still for further injury protection.


Operating Tables that Save Lives

Operating tables are a staple requirement for a surgery or medical procedure. It is as important as the doctor. Having been present since the 19th century, operating tables have evolved a lot with technology and with the evolution; there have been different types of operating tables developed for different kinds of surgeries.

Operating Tables

One crucial side of operating tables is that does it stay the same in every case and provide the patient immense comfort and be easy for the doctor to use according to the surgery. The solution to providing the right table is to know and understand what is needed when and use it accordingly. A head trauma case would require a neuro-based table rather than a general surgery operating table.

Types of Operating Tables:

General Surgery Table:

This is the most commonly known tables and is best suited for general surgery and smaller operations. It allows easy patient contact. But what the table must have is easy accessibility and adjustment. To be able to adjust the table high or low and to allow the doctors to have focus and access to the part to operate on, so there must be good angle adjustment. It should also have imaging support as surgeons are largely using minimal invasive techniques, especially in general operations. Great advancements have also been made in size with the availability of sizes for infants, children, adults and even obese patients.

Neurology Table:

These tables have also been especially developed that are of great help in head traumas. It provides great access to the head only and designed as such that the rest of the body and neck area lay comfortably of the patient. These operating tables also are designed to give doctors particular control over their patients’ movement. These tables also have a variety of positioning options as required by the surgery like lateral slide and tilt, elevation and back section too.

Orthopedic Tables:

These are entirely different and very important. Fracture tables are entirely different that help to fix fractures of different part of the body. Then there are different tables for hip replacements, rib cage and lung are surgeries. One important aspect for these tables is to have plain access for image intensifiers and X-rays to see development and precision.

Urology/Cysto Tables:

Urology, cyst-based and gynecology tables are entirely different. They need to be comfortable, primarily and need adjustment options and angles for the doctor as these positions may be painful and even awkward. There needs to be less movement and tray options for quick treatment and access.

With all of the above mentioned types, there are also types based on area specification, like types of cardio based operating tables and there are further kinds of these tables. They need to be technologically advanced. Have arm resting options for the doctors and staff for longer procedures and hand rest. They also need to be accessible to radiology and x-rays as to wasting less time. And with the rise of robotic surgeries which are still being tested, there is a need of hydraulic tables that accommodates as per the patient’s body, incision and robot’s sleek movement.

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