Grade 304 Stainless Steel: Uses in the Medical Industry

As a WA stainless steel product manufacturer, we have provided custom design stainless steel installation for a number of industries. These include: mining, hospitality, commercial and mechanical applications. However, many of the most common applications of stainless steel are in the medical industry.

Uses Of Stainless Steel In The Medical Industry

Why Stainless Steel?

The medical industry has the most stringent standards of sanitation in design and execution. Due to the prevalence of medical malpractice lawsuits, anything that comes into contact with patients in any way or that is surgically implanted into their bodies must be 100% sanitary and must work perfectly 100% of the time.

Stainless steel is the best material for a host of medical applications because of its versatility and the difficulty that microorganisms have colonising on its surface. Consequently, stainless steel is ubiquitous in the manufacture of medical devices. Grade 304 stainless steel is the grade most commonly used.

Characteristics of Grade 304 Stainless Steel in Medical Devices

Grade 304 stainless steel has a low carbon content and high corrosion resistance. It doesn’t react chemically to sanitation or sterilisation products, human bodily tissue or repetitive wear and tear. This makes it ideal for paramedics, hospitals and surgery.

Grade 304 is strong and durable but also highly workable. This makes it a great material for sinks, pans, bowls, hollow ware and other medical vessels. Due to its low yield strength and high potential for elongation, grade 304 stainless steel is easily formed into complex shapes without going through the process of annealing.

Uses for Grade 304 Stainless Steel

Uses for grade 304 stainless steel include: orthopaedic implants, precision stainless steel tubing, bone fixation, artificial heart valves, containers for chemicals and other hazardous materials, tools, wires, curettes, plates, prostheses, screws, syringes, needles, catheters and sensor probes. Office uses include sinks, tables, bowls, knives and trays.

Western Stainless Solutions

At Western Stainless Solutions, we can manufacture bespoke solutions for all of your medical needs. Call us today for a consultation: 1300 794 647.