Nonthrombogenic Plastic Surfaces

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Science  17 Jun 1966:
Vol. 152, Issue 3729, pp. 1625-1626
DOI: 10.1126/science.152.3729.1625

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Heparin has been chemically combined with a number of plastic surfaces rendering them nonthrombogenic as judged by Lee-White coagulation tests in vitro with human blood. Addition of quaternary ammonium groups to the plastic permitted formation of insoluble complexes with heparin. These heparinized surfaces were essentially nonthrombogenic and adsorb blood proteins to a significantly smaller degree from dilute solution than do the unmodified plastic surfaces. The affinity of the formed blood elements for these modified surfaces is much less than for the unmodified surfaces.