"Manufacturers of textiles for medical applications know the challenges and the need to develop new cost-effective ways to protect both hospital staff and their patients from bacteria; viruses and body fluid invasions in operating room environments have occupied research labs and testing facilities for the last few years. "
An important and growing part of the textile Industry is the medical and related healthcare and hygiene sectors. Textile has always been a part of healthcare. The range of products available is vast but typically they are used in the operating room theatre or on the hospital ward for the hygiene, care and safety of staff and patients. The number of applications range from the simple cleaning wipe to the advanced barrier fabrics used for operating rooms.
The medical textile products can be organized into three basic categories patient specific, general patient management and procedure specific. The patient specific items include sponges, sheets, burn sheets, etc. Under-pads, adult diapers and wipes are supposed to be patient management products. The third category of procedure specific products include sterilization wrap, surgical gowns, drapes, table covers, face masks, head and shoe covers.