Specialty polymers for medical device manufacturing

Breathing Systems

Breathing systemsMany medical breathing masks, such as those used for positive airway pressure (PAP) therapy for sleep apnea patients, are transparent to allow for the face to be visible for patient assessment and reduce the sensation of claustrophobia experienced by some patients.  It is important that the mask is comfortable and provides a proper seal for the airflow.

Masks are made in a variety of sizes, configurations and materials depending on the applications.  The mask itself is often made from a transparent, flexible polymer such as Rilsan Clear G170 MED, while the clips and other molded components may be made from more rigid components, including PVC.