Peripherally Inserted Central Catheters Market Analysis | United States | 2016-2022 | MedCore
Peripherally inserted central catheters (PICCs) are manufactured from either polyurethane or silicone.
Silicone rubber (silastic) catheters are softer and more flexible than polyurethane, making them more
comfortable for patients; however, recent improvements to polyurethane have increased its softness
- Year: 2016
- Scope: 2012-2022
- Region: United States
- Published Date: 5/1/2016
- Pages: 181
- Type: MedCore
Peripherally inserted central catheters (PICCs) are manufactured from either polyurethane or silicone. Silicone rubber (silastic) catheters are softer and more flexible than polyurethane, making them more comfortable for patients; however, recent improvements to polyurethane have increased its softness and flexibility. In addition, silicone catheters tend to have lower tensile strength and are not as durable as polyurethane catheters. As a result, silicone PICCs often have thicker walls and lower flow rates than polyurethane catheters of a similar size. They are also more difficult to manufacture because of the physical and chemical properties of silicone. In 2015, Silicone PICCs represented roughly 5% of total PICC unit sales. Silicone PICCs were most frequently used in alternate care settings and are most commonly placed in pediatric and neonatal patients.
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