3 Examples of Tedlar® PVF Film Use in Medical Facilities
Tedlar® PVF is a long-lasting protection solution for surfaces, which stands out for being easy to clean, antibacterial and highly resistant to abrasion. These are all relevant qualities for the medical field. Below you will find 3 possible uses of Tedlar® PVF.
Tedlar® PVF facilitates the cleaning and sterilization of instruments
In the medical field, the main quality of Tedlar® PVF is its resistance to mold and bacterial development. This is because Tedlar® PVF surfaces are totally inert: they do not provide the necessary nutrients for micro-organisms to develop.
Tedlar® PVF is ASTM G21, JIS Z 2801 and UL 2824 certified.
Tedlar® PVF stands up to intensive cleaning
Tedlar® PVF is also an effective barrier against a variety of anti-staining products and cleaning or disinfecting solvents, which allows for easy cleaning.
Resistance to the following disinfectants:
• peracetic acid,
• sodium hypochlorite (bleach),
Resistance to solvents:
• Ketones (acetone, MEK),
Resistance to acids and alkalis:
• Glacial acetic acid,
• Nitric acid (20%),
• Sulfuric acid (20%),
• Hydrochloric acid (10%),
• Sodium hydroxide (10%)
Tedlar® PVF for wall coatings in hospitals and medical transportation
Tedlar® PVF thin films can be applied through lamination on a PVC substrate. By adding a fibrous non-woven material, you get a thick, multilayered material on which any pattern can be printed (same principle as vinyl floor coverings).
Tedlar® PVF has been used since the 1960s to protect wall coatings.
Characteristics of Tedlar® PVF wall coatings
Adding a Tedlar® PVF layer reinforces wall coatings. This increases its resistance to impacts from carts, wheelchairs and stretchers.
Furthermore, Tedlar® PVF wall coatings are:
• Resistant to abrasion (Type II according to CCC-W-408D)
=> heavily trafficked spaces;
• Very resistant to stains
• Resistant to frequently used medical products: tincture of iodine, methyl violet and potassium permanganate
• Resistant to solvents,
Unlike with non-coated PVC, cleaning with alcohol easily removes a variety of stains from Tedlar® PVF
Protection of rockwool acoustic panels in hospitals
A moving individual releases millions of particles per minute. To avoid the risk of contamination and infection, hospitals must maintain outstanding hygiene and cleanliness. Taking this into account, indoor air quality is an important factor. Hospital ventilation and air filtration systems reduce the risk of airborne biocontamination.
The use of Tedlar® PVF in ventilation systems
To reduce noise nuisance, ventilation systems are equipped with acoustic panels called “speaker silencers”. These single-block panels are made of rockwool, a fibrous material that can pollute indoor air by releasing microfibers.
To avoid this spread of dangerous particles, rockwools can be coated with Tedlar® PVF film, which is:
• Permeable to acoustic waves. Rockwool maintains its absorption capacity.
• Completely airtight. No rockwool particle emission.
• Antibacterial and antifungal. Even without maintenance, very few biologic pollutants will develop.
These three uses of Tedlar® PVF in a medical context are just examples. If you wish to develop new applications, please contact Addev Materials.
If you found this article useful, you should be interested in the following article: Six Challenges Met by Tedlar® PVF Film
Do you have a special need and want to opt for Tedlar® PVF film ?
Know that our development and innovation teams remain attentive to your needs and are at your disposal to assist you in the realisation of your project.
Get in touch with one of our experts to discuss it!