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Eastman Tritan™ copolyester

To enhance the safety of patients—and the confidence of healthcare professionals—there is greater pressure than ever to prevent healthcare associated infections (HAIs) and medical device tubing misconnections. This increases the demand for high-performing polymers with:

  • Chemical resistance to withstand aggressive medical disinfectants and powerful oncology drugs and drug carrier solvents
  • Toughness to stand up to applied stress during assembly and connection
  • Rigidity to comply with changing small-bore connector standards (ISO 80369)
  • Sustainability to help meet Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) guidelines

Clearly better chemical resistance

Eastman Tritan™ copolyester is an innovative polymer that offers a unique blend of chemical resistance and impact strength. Therefore, it provides toughness comparable to polycarbonate (PC) but offers greater compatibility with medical disinfectants that can cause cracking, haziness, and failure in IV components, including:

  • Virex® TB
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Formaldehydes
  • Peracetic acids

IV components made with Tritan also retain clarity and functional integrity when sterilized or used to administer oncology drugs or carrier solvents, such as etoposide or dimethylacetamide.

Compliant with small-bore connector standards

To prevent tubing misconnections or failures, new ISO 80369 standards call for connectors to be made with enough rigidity to avoid force-fitting tubes with devices intended for other medical applications. Eastman Tritan™ copolyester meets these rigidity standards, plus:

  • Excellent solvent bonding to tubing
  • Superior chemical resistance, toughness, and clarity
  • Color and functional stability after sterilization with e-beam or gamma irradiation
  • Made without bisphenol A (BPA)

If you’re redesigning a component to meet the new standards, it’s a great time to learn more about Tritan. Visit our small-bore connectors webpage.

Connect with innovation. Connect with sustainability.

Eastman Tritan™ copolyester helps you innovate with an eye to achieving sustainability goals:

  • Inherent toughness helps reduce waste:
    • Less breakage in shipping and handling
    • Components may require less packaging
  • Meets hospital EPP guidelines
    • Bisphenol A (BPA) free
    • No halogens (chlorine, bromine, etc.)
    • Free of ortho-phthalate plasticizers (DEHP)
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