ASM International and Granta Design, a leader in materials information technology, have developed a new Surgical module in the ASM Medical Materials Database. This new resource covers materials used in surgical devices, combining engineering material properties and biomedical response data with surgical application information.
The Surgical module is fully integrated with existing Orthopaedic, Cardiovascular and Neurological data modules giving you more information in key areas such as material selection, substitution, qualification and regulation.
The data include descriptions of surgical devices and the materials that they use (with specific grades, coatings and more). Accessing this information, either through an online web portal or from within a company’s in-house materials information system, provides:
- immediate access to essential materials information, including from previously approved devices—reducing time, cost and risk in design and certification, and offering new insights in the design process
- a means to screen, analyze, select and source candidate materials and coatings for device applications and associated compatible drugs—including rapid selection against user-defined criteria
- the ability to trace all data back to published literature, FDA device approvals information or manufacturers’ datasheets and websites—you can open these directly from the database.
The database content represents thousands of hours of data acquisition, peer review and verification. It details hundreds of material types, available from over 1,000 providers, together with compatible coatings, drugs, adhesives and processes. Coverage includes mechanical, physical, biological response and drug compatibility properties. Each material is linked to devices in which it has been used.
Device coverage now includes more than 33,700 individual FDA approvals, as well as additional reference material. Surgical device coverage includes diagnostic, prosthetic, surgical, therapeutic general and plastic surgery devices. Where data are available, links have been made from these devices to the materials, specific grades, coatings and drugs used in the devices.
Existing orthopaedic device coverage includes fixation, hips, knees, spinal, ankle, toe, elbow, finger, shoulder, wrist, cranioplasty, maxillofacial and ossicular. Cardiovascular devices include artificial hearts, bypass devices, clips, defibrillators, filters, grafts, heart valves, hemostasis devices, pacemakers, patches, stents and vascular embolization devices. Neurological information includes records detailing nerve cuffs, dura substitutes, cranial orthoses, central nervous system shunts, cranial drills, ventricular catheters, bite blocks, intracranial pressure monitoring devices, electrodes and nerve stimulators.
Subscribers can access the ASM Medical Materials Database over the Internet, providing 24/7 online access. Alternatively, the data can be loaded into GRANTA MI, the materials information management system from Granta. Here it can be stored alongside a company’s own data, or other reference data, providing a controlled source of easily comparable and accessible materials data.
Filed Under: ALL INDUSTRIES, Medical