If you are in charge of ordering medical tubing, you want to make sure that you get everything right. When you are in charge of ordering vast amounts of tubing, you want to make sure that the tubing works properly for the application that it is designed to work for.
#1 Fitting & Clamps
First, make sure that you think about what the tubing you will be ordering is going to be attached to. Will the tubing interact with other fittings and clamps? If the tubing will interact with other fittings and clamps, figure out what material the fitting and clamps are going to be made out of. Then, make sure that the medical tubing material either works well with those materials, or choose medical tubing that is made out of the same materials as the fittings and clamps that the tubing is going to interact with.
#2 Use Requirements
Second, think about how the tubing is going to be used. Sure, it may be less expensive to order a 100-foot long tub, but a 100 foot long tub is not that practical if you really need 10 feet long tubes. You need to make sure that the length requirement of the tubing works with the application requirements for the tubing.
Also, make sure that you pay attention to the packaging. Does the tubing need to be set-up so that it is extra clean and sanitary, with double bags and all in place? Or can the tubing be packaged more in bulk? Make sure that the packaging requirements meet the sanitary requirements for the medical uses that you need the tubing for.
#3 Cleaning Requirements
Not all tubing can be cleaned nor can all medical tubing be cleaned in the same way. Do you need tubing that can be cleaned? Or do you need tubing that you only need to use once? Not all tubing can be cleaned the same way. Figure out if there is a specific cleaning agent that can be used on the tubing and make sure that the cleaning agent will work with the application that the tubing will be used for. Can the tubing be around flushed clean or can it be cleaned with a low-pressure steam process?
Figure out how the tubing needs to be cleaned and figure out if that cleaning process works with the application that the tubing needs to be used for. Make sure that you are thinking about the application of medical tubing, not just the cost of the tubing.