Hydrogels For Medical Devices

Source: Cardinal Health, Inc.
Hydrogels For Medical Devices

Cardinal Health’s OEM division offers a large selection of latex-free hydrogels in bulk rolls or in slit widths. These medical device hydrogels are used in a variety of applications including ECG signaling, defibrillation, electrosurgical and iontophoretic return electrodes, T.E.N.S., wound care, cosmetics, and non-skin adhesives.

While it is likely that many hydrogel applications can be met with the existing broad portfolio of hydrogels, Cardinal Health offers an experienced staff of research and development professionals to discuss requirements and exceed expectations with a wide range of curing capabilities.

Every hydrogel that Cardinal Health manufactures for skin contact is tested according to the ISO 10993 standard, which includes testing for cytotoxicity, primary skin irritation, and sensitization.


Ultra Violet Cured Polymers

  • 26 unique formulations
  • Master rolls coated at both 8.75” (222 mm) and 12.00” (304 mm) usable gel widths
  • Custom slitting available
  • A variety of liner thicknesses
  • Microbial growth resistant
  • Exceptional stability
  • Up to 3 year shelf life when stored in original packaging
  • Applications:
    • ECG signaling
    • T.E.N.S.
    • Specialty neonatal
    • Electrosurgical grounding pads

Electron Beam Cured Synthetic Polymers: PEO (Polyethylene-Oxide) & PVP (Polyvinylpyrrolidone)

  • Eto and gamma sterilizable gels
  • Gels available in web bulk or can be die cut and packaged to your specifications
  • Custom formulating available
  • Capable of coating up to 14” web width
  • A variety of liners, scrim types and colors available
  • Bio-burden testing
  • Applications:
    • Wound care
    • Cosmetics
    • Defibrillation electrodes
    • Electrosurgical grounding pads
    • Skin cushion pads

Thermo-reactively Cured Natural Polysaccharide Karaya

  • Conductive and adhesive properties
  • Exceptional buffering abilities
  • Brown opaque in color
  • Bulk rolls and slit widths available
  • Applications:     
    • Ostomy gaskets
    • Iontophoresis return electrodes
    • Neonatal electrodes

Thermo-reactively Cured Purified Synthetic Polyacrylamide

  • Bulk rolls and slit widths available
  • Applications:
    • ECG signaling D
    • Defibrillation electrodes


OEM Specialty Products makes it easy for you to deliver innovative healthcare solutions to the marketplace. Our hydrogels can be provided in their existing formulations, or a number of additives are available to enhance your custom product, including:

  • Aloe
  • Vitamin A, C & E
  • Menthol
  • Camphor
  • Aspirin
  • Lidocaine
  • Green Tea Extract
  • Fragrances
  • Pigments

For more information on these hydrogels, download the brochure.