Plastics in Health Care

The healthcare sector relies on plastics and its unique, sterile, and flexible qualities. Plastic materials can withstand lipids, bases, alcohols, and other forms of chemicals, it can eliminate dangerous cross-contamination between patients, and it ensures a safer overall hospital environment. Importantly, it helps people with medical conditions achieve and maintain a better quality of life.

Case: Intimate health care products
Made by Coloplast A/S

Ostomy Care, Continence Care and Interventional Urology

Coloplast develops a range of health care products and services for people with personal and private medical conditions. Coloplast calls it ‘intimate healthcare’.

The health care solutions help individuals achieve and maintain control of their body functions, providing life quality and the ability to actively and freely move around and live comfortably.


The three healthcare products are all made of several complex polymer materials that are approved by the FDA for use in medical products.

The base plate in the ostomy is made of a flexible thermoplastic elastomer and a polymer-based adhesive. The bag itself is made of a sandwich of a polymeric foil with a woven plastic fabric on the exterior.

The outer casing of the catheter is made of ABS, the catheter tube is made of polyurethane and the flexible endpiece is made of a thermoplastic elastomer.

Designing for health care

The products are designed to be sterile and provide the users with the necessary comfort.

When designing and optimizing healthcare products, Coloplast A/S work closely together with both healthcare professional as well as the users of the products – those who rely on the intimate healthcare and experience the qualities of the products in their everyday lives.

The aim is to develop products that meet the need for all-round security, greater wearing comfort, and safety.

Plastic materials can be molded or formed into endless shapes and products such as tubing, syringes, IV bags, catheters, labware, films for packaging, surgical instruments, housings and connectors – you name it.

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