Medical Device Miniaturization brings about devices with improved abilities as in less invasive, more accurate, and useful.
FREMONT, CA: Miniaturization of medical devices is gaining more importance as it improves the patient quality of life. Medical device manufacturers should remember that these devices should be customized for the application. There were difficulties while choosing the components with the lack of information about their material properties at a miniaturized scale. As properties differ with the difference in the size of the same components, problems occur with assembly features, sealing, mechanical, and electrical components in the miniaturized assemblies. The manufacturers should consider the conditions, disinfecting procedures, or sustained loading/strain in a miniaturized assembly.
Most of the clients look for manufacturers who consider the level of interaction and sensitivity of the device while guaranteeing a better user experience. Miniaturized devices accomplish better interfacing with humans and are more flexible to decrease patient trauma while diminishing the length of patient stays. Semiconductor technology has made efficient designing possible as they consume less power, less material, and delivery costs. Microinjection molding allows creating advanced micro medical products by making smaller plastic parts with higher precision, more complex features, and with different materials. Advancements in high-precision mold making and molding technology allows for more designing more miniaturized medical device components.
Also, bioabsorbable materials are highly prescribed materials for specific applications in the medical device industry. These materials offer advantages while supporting fixation, ENT, wound closure, and drug-delivery markets.
Not all applications require the miniaturized device and the specific device categories driving miniaturization include:
• Point-of-care technologies presented for improved patient care and comfort including wearable devices to tolerate chronic pain
• Outpatient surgical procedures that do not demand more care.
• Pediatric applications need smaller versions of the adult versions.
Smaller the device less will be the cost. Because these devices are designed for mobile applications, they require the incorporation of wireless technology. Top of all, smaller devices are less invasive, bringing about less injury during surgeries and other minor procedures.
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