Broadening the Scope of User Requirements When Selecting Valves for Medical Devices

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It is paramount to move beyond the specifications when identifying the best valve for a device. By broadening the scope of user requirements, one can ensure that a valve will function as expected over the device’s entire life cycle - from manufacturing through clinical use. Below are several requirements worthy of consideration. Although they are important, they often are unshared unless the valve supplier and device engineer engage in open communication early in the purchasing cycle.