LiquiGlide® can help prevent clogs, improve medical equipment, create efficiencies and even save lives.
In the medical space, there are a host of applications where LiquiGlide’s coatings can be beneficial, including clog prevention in tubes and stents, improved lubrication and better administration of medicine.
There are many medical applications where coatings are already being used, yet they are insufficient. With blood and other bodily fluids, there is always the chance of coagulation. With LiquiGlide®, coagulated fluid can still slip through tubes, instead of creating a blockage.
As an example, LiquiGlide® could be applied to the catheters used for brain hemorrhages. Currently, they drill a small hole in the skull, put a thin tube into the hemorrhage and try to drain it out. Frequently, the tube gets clogged and they have to flush it or replace it. Every time they go in and out of the brain, there is a lot of risk and it makes the process longer. Using LiquiGlide® coated tubes, they would never need to remove or flush the drainage tube. One tube, one use, from start to finish. It makes it a faster and safer process.
When it comes to medicine, precision is crucial to ensure the best results. Some medications are highly viscous and sticky, leaving behind a residue and making it difficult to get the full dosage. LiquiGlide® would prevent this sticking and ensure the full dosage, making administering medicine more efficient and effective.
LiquiGlide® can also be applied to the exterior of endoscopes or catheters to make them cleaner going in and out of the patient. It would also act as a lubricant to make insertion easier and more comfortable.
Invented in the Varanasi Lab at MIT, LiquiGlide® is the only permanently wet slippery surface. No other durable solution makes viscous liquids slide easily.