An expert offers a primer on popular medical device coatings and their applications.
A catheter with a lubricious coating.
In the world of low friction, lubricious coatings for medical devices are diverse and complex. There are many different types of coatings, each with their own advantages, disadvantages, and applications. This is a basic overview of the most popular medical device coatings and what can be expected from each type.
Lubricious coatings are most commonly distinguished by their degree of lubricity, or the amount of reduction in friction they provide. To understand what these measurements mean, we must first learn how these measurements are obtained. In the medical device industry,...