Plastic disposable syringes were first introduced in 1961. When the “Disposables Revolution” arrived, it greatly reduced the number of infections transferred between patients because syringes became single-use only. Medical operations also became more efficient as the sterilization process for reusable glass syringes was no longer required. The transition from glass to plastic syringes seemed like a no-brainer.
Many medical devices and biomaterials are tested in a bath of water or saline heated to 37°C (body temperature) to simulate the environment in which they will be used—catheters, stents, and suture materials are a few examples. Although this robust solution accurately replicates a biomedical environment, there is opportunity for spillage or leakage when using a bath of liquid. Spillage can sometimes occur when a bath is being used, filled, or emptied incorrectly.