FAQ

Why has Santec changed its nomenclature ?

The new nomenclature is shorter, more concise and less complicated.   Today, company specific short and catchy terms are common. In light
of this trend, Santec has amended the entire nomenclature as follows:

"Topline Polypropylen" is now called "Toplene"
"Topline Polyester" is now called"Topester"
"Topline Sternumdraht" is now called"Topsteel"


Topline remains to be the umbrella term for non-absorbable sutures ?made in Germany"and ?made by Santec".

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Does the change in nomenclature have any other effects ?
No. All article identification numbers remain the same, orders can be placed as usual.

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What are pledgets and what are they used for ?
Pledgets are used as s uture support structures. They can be compared to the application of washers for pressure distribution. Pledgets avoid tissue cutting or vascular damages by sutures. They support the tissue and prevent damages.   Pledgets are made from Teflon fiber felt.
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"PVC free" - what does that mean ?
This obviously means, thet the product is free of any PVC materials.
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What are the advantages of PVC- free materials ?
PVC-tubings and adaptors contain DEHP plasticizers, which are regarded to be hazardous to health. Depending on the application duration, plasticizers from the PVC materials can be ingested by the patient via infusion solutions. This is particularly critical for infants.
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Does Santec also offer infusion hoses without DEHP ?
Yes!

The COEX label describes products with material combinations of polyethylene and PVC.   A thin layer of DEHP-free polyethylene covers the inner side of the infusion tubing. Only the outer, thicker body of the tubing contains PVC, thus combining good handling and stabilizing properties of PVC with the fact that no PVC gets in contact with infusion solutions or blood.

COEX tubings are used with infusion apparatus and are available and on stock in all common lengths. For infants, COEX tubings are available in 0.5mm * 2.0 mm with infusion apparatus and twofold connectors

Alternative materials are polypropylene, polyurethane and silicone. However, since those materials bear certain performance limitations and are more expensive, they are typically used for special applications only.
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Why is PVC still used despite the prevalent risks ?
Because PVC is cheaper, easy and flexible to use. For short term use, PVC can be an acceptable alternative!
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How important are flexural strength and fracture strength as properties for a surgery needle ?
Both parameters are significant quality measures which depend on the utilized steel. Typically, hard steel is brittle and needles using hard steel break more easily than needles made from softer, more elastic steel. Elasticity, however, may have a negative impact on the insufficient flexural strength in certain applications.   This is why Santec uses a special steel that combines the physical advantages of a geometrical needle profile design with a special coating to create a high performance needle with optimal flexural strength and fracture strength properties.   In addition, those needles possess superb penetration performance which is of utmost importance when operating in calcified vascular tissue.
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What are contrast needles ?
Santec offers a variety of premium quality contrast needles which are used primarily for complex anastomotic sutures or other problematic surgery. The needles offer utmost safety and reliance regarding flexural strength, fracture strength and tissue penetration performance. Contrast needles are darker than regular silvery needles thus making them more visible in complex surgery situations.

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Does Santec offer suture sets ?

Yes.

For certain surgery procedures, e.g., bypass surgery, the client defines the suture sets regarding quality and quantity of all necessary components. Santec assembles the client-specific sets which are labelled ToplineSet and places the sutures in the exact order of their use in transparent pockets.

This client-specific ToplineSet approach is time-efficient saves material and packaging waste and makes life easier also for less experienced stand-by staff.

As customary regarding our standard program, Santec always carries a stock of ToplineSets, enabling the client to place orders in an economical way. The contents of the set, however, can easily be modified at
any time.

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What are Santec's terms of delivery ?
Typically on-stock merchandise is ready for shipment withing 24 hours upon order-placement.   Orders reaching Santec prior to 11 a.m. will be despatched the same day. Articles listed in the catalogs are not all on stock. If you order an article for the first time, please check for its terms of delivery. If follow-up orders were agreed upon, Santec  will increase
its stock accordingly.
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What exactly does 'built-to-order' mean for Santec ?
If your company wishes to use or resell an item which Santec does not offer at present, we will add this item according to your specification to our line of production. This promise regards our entire portfolio for surgical sutures, pledgets, tubing systems (infusion and transfusion),
and other single use articles for manufacturers of medical apparatuses
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Why Santec ?
Santec offers the client hand-on advantages regarding counseling, customer care, cost-efficient production and delivery, and client-specific solutions. This is the mission of the entire Santec team, management, sales, production and quality control staff alike. We care for the consistent high quality of our "made in Germany" products and optimal customer service.

Santec cooperates with a network of European and non-European partners, yet is regionally quite attached with the area which is also reflected by the many long-standing employment relationships.

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Subjects

Why has Santec changed its nomenclature ?

Does the change in nomenclature
have any other effects ?

What are pledgets and what are they
used for ?

"PVC free" - what does that mean ?

What are the advantages of PVC-free
materials ?

Does Santec also offer infusion hoses
without DEHP ?

Why is PVC still used despite the
prevalent risks ?


How important are flexural strength
and fracture strength as properties
for a surgical needle ?

What are contrast needles ?

Does Santec offer suture sets ?

What are Santec's terms of delivery ?

What exactly does 'built-to-order'
mean for Santec ?

Why Santec ?





 

 

 

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