Tech Brief
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Viral Filtration Efficiency (VFE) Testing in Medical Devices:
Innovative Material Components that Protect Against HAIs
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What you will learn in this tech brief:

Audience: Design engineers, product managers and manufacturers of medical devices

Summary: Nearly one in 31 hospital patients acquires a healthcare-associated infection (HAI)—and these infections lead to an estimated 99,000 annual deaths in American hospitals alone, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Healthcare workers face similar—if not greater—threats due to frequent exposure to bacterial and viral pathogens. These risks have been magnified during the COVID-19 pandemic, in which those receiving or providing healthcare procedures are potentially exposed to blood-borne and aerosolized particles containing the virus. To help protect against these threats and promote a safe healthcare environment, it is imperative for medical device manufacturers to utilize high-efficiency materials that serve as consistent, reliable barriers against infectious viral particle spread. In this tech brief, learn how new viral filtration efficiency (VFE) testing measures verify material performance and the ways porous polymer technologies can offer a solution in critical device design.

What registrants will learn in this tech brief:

  • Uncover the challenges and risks associated with poor material performance in medical devices
  • Discover new analysis methods and parameters for assessing material efficacy and their impact on medical device manufacturing standards
  • Learn how porous polymer materials tested for VFE can provide important reassurance for both patients and professionals in healthcare settings
Viral Filtration Efficiency Test

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