The term “medical foam” refers to medical grade foam. Medical foam is generally sterile, stain resistant, fungal resistant and durable. Its other qualities are determined by its application.
Manufacturers can create all different kinds of medical foam in order to suit your needs. Applications include: custom orthotics, long-term wound dressing (fluid management and cushioning), prosthetic padding, pressure relief, medical device cushioning, medical device sealing and gasketing, artificial stoma equipment sealing, keypad/control panel sealing, medical device LCD screen sealing and electrode attachment.
Depending on your needs, medical foam may need to meet a wide array of requirement categories. When designing your medical foam, manufacturers decide in the official way(s) in which your medical foam will qualify as such. Ways to register foam as medical grade foam include: getting it to pass and be certified by ISO 10993 standards (biocompatibility), using raw material registered by the FDA (fixed formulation), using a foam formulation registered with the FDA master file (must also pass biocompatibility tests to qualify), and/or using raw materials registered with a USP classification for the pharmaceutical industry. Manufacturers can also potentially work with raw materials that have reached pre-market approval.
Manufacturers can customize your foam in a number of ways, including by shape, density, color and thickness. They can also laminate them with adhesives like silicone to make them better suited for your application. Manufacturers may sell you open cell foam for absorbency, or closed cell foam for water resistance. They can make your foam soft, moldable and flexible or hard and compression resistant. For application to the body, medical foam manufacturers will make their product lightweight and breathable. It all depends on your needs.
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