Paratubing, also called parallel tubing, comes in a wide range of thermoplastics and designs with electrical properties and signal carrying capabilities. The tubes are produced as multiple single lumen PVC tubes that are longitudinally joined together.
The tubing is conjoined by solvents or thermal processes and some feature a thin webbing between them with the ability to be peeled for attachment to medical devices or equipment for things such as suction and irrigation.
Conjoined tubes are used to avoid clips and ties that are typically used to organize multiple tubes in fluid and gas transmission. The side-by-side formation allows for customization for specific medical applications and can reduce clutter in those applications.
There are a number of companies that produce paratubes, including TekniPlex, Axis Medical Extrusion and New England Tubing.