The sales manager in the country of PEI-Genesis, Angelo Merigi, acquaints buyers with the requirements behind medical connectors for home health care.

The pressure caused by the coronavirus pandemic has created a space where remote treatment can thrive, which means that patients with diseases such as diabetes and abnormal blood pressure can now receive reliable healthcare at home. Remote patient monitoring often frees up time for healthcare providers and their patients, while protecting vulnerable people from exposure to Covid-19.

A recent McKinsey report estimates that the use of telecommunications remote monitoring of patients could be up to 38 times higher than before March 2020. This growth has been made possible by advances in medical device technology – in particular innovations in the design of electrical connectors.

Traditionally, healthcare connectors need to be robust to withstand harsh handling, IP67-sealed to protect against water intrusion, and EMI-shielded to ensure successful data transmission. While these
the criteria are added bonuses for connectors used in home health care, patients’ requirements for connectors are different.

When using a medical device in the living room (glucose testing, blood pressure monitoring, etc.), space is not always an option. Patients may already have limited mobility due to their condition, so large devices and complex wiring may be inappropriate.

Plastic push-pull connectors are often chosen for home medical devices because they are a cost-effective alternative to metal. Their small size makes them ideal for portable or wearable medical devices, which means that patients do not experience the inconvenience of bulky, complex machines.

Home appliances also have to withstand rough handling. Patients carrying their devices in a bag or pocket can cause wear and tear on electrical components. Plastic is preferable to metal because if the connector is damaged, plastic connectors are easier to deliver and cheaper to replace.

To prevent damage to the connector and cable, Lemo Redel has designed its plastic systems for locking push-pull connectors with external bushings. This ensures that the connection cannot be lost if the operator pulls on the cable.

If the connector needs to be disconnected quickly, the operator can simply pull the outer release sleeve for quick release.
Protecting connections and contacts is important when designing connectors for medical devices. This is because connectors need to be faster and denser to support more data collection and transfer. If the demand for remote patient monitoring continues to increase, ensuring that the computing elements of the connector are safe and efficient will be vital.

Lemo Redel plastic connectors are easy to operate and can be color coded to prevent accidental mismatch. The housing material can be sterilized without the risk of water penetration, minimizing the risks of bacteria.

Just as patients need to trust their doctor, the original equipment of the medical device

manufacturers must believe that suppliers equip them with the right connectors. PEI-Genesis meets the increased demand for home healthcare by cultivating relationships with manufacturers to combine flexibility, productivity and safety in simple ergonomic designs.

Understanding home healthcare medical connectors

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