Here at Rocon Foam, we are manufacturers of foams for a range of different applications, including those that fall into the medical sector. Polyethylene foam is one of the most versatile materials on the market. Additionally, because of this, people use it widely in personal and commercial applications. One sector that polyethylene foam supports often is the medical industry. The foam has a range of properties that make it ideal for use in medical applications. Some of these properties include:
- High tear resistance
Foam plays an important role in many different medical environments, from hospital examination rooms through to GP surgeries. As with all applications, there is no such thing as a “one-size-fits-all” foam solution. Therefore, grades, types, thicknesses and densities are all variables that have to be taken into consideration when trying to find the right medical foam solution.
Lots of us will break a bone at least once in our lives. However, in order to assess the injury, you would need to undergo an X-ray examination. The table that the patient will need to rest the body part on (such as an arm or a leg) will need to have adequate support. This is because they will find it difficult to support themselves with an injury. In addition, to the uncomfortableness, it may also be hard to take a high quality X-ray of an unsupported limb. Therefore, in order to overcome these issues, foams are cut to size to offer comfort and support for the patient. Closed-cell foams such as polyethylene are used in these settings, because it is a non-porous type of foam. This means you can clean it, which makes it perfect for repeat use.
Polyethylene foam is also ideal for this medical setting because of the fact it has a non-slip surface. Consequently, allowing the body to stay in a set position for the X-ray. Furthermore, many X-ray rooms can be made from this foam. This includes baby immobiliser moulds, head rings, spine supports, and lateral knee pads.
Foam Hospital Bed Mattresses
In a hospital setting, many patients will need transferring from one location to another. Therefore, wheelchairs, hospital trolleys, and mobile beds are often in use to facilitate this. Additionally, as these aids are heavily in use, high quality seat padding is a must. The most commonly used foam used in this application is again closed-cell polyethylene or reconstituted chip foam. The high-density foams are perfect for repeat patient use. Also, because of how durable they are, they are ideal for patients who have a greater weight too. Examination beds will also use this type of foam, which also boasts fantastic antibacterial properties.
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