Hook and Loop in the Medical Industry
In the medical field, where the pace can be frenetic, it is important to have equipment and supplies that are flexible, adjustable and conform to the easy-on, easy-off requirements of hospital emergency rooms and doctors’ offices. Straps, such as Velcro® brand Cable Ties or One Wrap, as well as peel-and-stick hook and loop meet all of these requirements and more.
Hook-and-loop straps can be custom manufactured to meet unique size and shape requirements. They come in a wide variety of colors, sizes, strengths and materials to suit different applications in health care facilities. Hook-and-loop fasteners are used in a wide range of products, from orthopedics to disposable supplies.
The peel-and-stick variety of these hook-and-loop products are used to keep patient charts and medical devices in place, while Velcro® brand One Wrap can be used to secure tubing. These fasteners can also be used to keep medical instruments organized and accessible.
Hook-and-loop straps have become indispensable parts of prosthetics, especially when the devices need frequent inspection and adjustment. These innovative straps also make it easier for health providers to custom fit leg and arm braces while maintaining flexibility with products like stretch loop. Hook and loop is also standard for splints and wrist supports intended to alleviate the symptoms of sprains, carpal tunnel syndrome and other repetitive stress conditions.
Flexible braces worn by athletes as support and stability devices are typically secured with hook and loop. These fastening devices ensure that medical braces fit well and retain their lightweight and durable qualities. These same closures make it possible for ankle braces and supports to achieve the task of preventing further stress on affected joints and muscles. Various types of high technology orthopedic braces use hook-and-loop closures to assist in making these oddly shaped devices stay on a targeted body part, often the thigh, knee, arm or back.
Belts worn on the torso for lumbar and cervical vertebrae support use hook and loop to keep it positioned correctly. Likewise, neck braces, immobilizers and sacroiliac traction devices trust a system of hook-and-loop fasteners to fit the devices to the curves of the body.
Arthritis sufferers use variations of non-invasive mitt splints to assist with ulnar deviation. Hook-and-loop fasteners are used to keep these splints in place while allowing for movement in the fingers.
Straps with adjustable hook-and-loop fasteners are used to keep patients safe during transport on gurneys and backboards, as well as on positioning devices for patients undergoing medical procedures. These straps may be independent of the surgical table so that they are transferable as the patient is moved. To ensure patient safety and comfort, health care facilities use a variety of braces, straps and splints, nearly all of which employ hook and loop for security and flexibility.