Textiles for healthcare and medical applications

Rajendran, Subbiyan ORCID: 0000-0001-5321-0085, Anand, Subhash and Rigby, A. J. (2016) Textiles for healthcare and medical applications. In: Horrocks, Richard ORCID: 0000-0003-1431-058X and Anand, Subhash, (eds.) Handbook of Technical Textiles. Woodhead Publishing, Oxford, pp. 135-168. ISBN 9781782424888

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The chapter discusses the need for understanding the application of textile materials and textile-based medical devices to enhance the healthcare and wellbeing of people. The aim of this chapter is to highlight the specific medical and surgical applications for which the textile materials are currently being used. A variety of products and their properties that make them suitable for these applications are discussed. Specialty polymers and fibres and their use in designing and developing medical devices for wound management, infection control management and life-saving risk management are highlighted. The physiology of wound, classification of wounds and appropriate dressing selection for a successful wound management are outlined. High-tech wound dressings and the current state of the art of novel dressings such as odour adsorbent and antimicrobial dressings are critically reviewed. The role of compression therapy in the treatment and prevention of venous leg ulceration is discussed. The merits and limitations of the current compression therapy regime and the research into the development of novel compression bandages are highlighted.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: medical textiles, biodegradable fibres, antimicrobial textiles, hospital protective garments, woundcare products, hygiene materials, implants.
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
Divisions: University of Bolton Research Centres > Institute for Materials Research and Innovation
Depositing User: Sarah Taylor
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2018 08:33
Last Modified: 28 Mar 2018 08:33
Identification Number: 10.1016/B978-1-78242-465-9.00005-7
URI: http://ubir.bolton.ac.uk/id/eprint/1648

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