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Medical clothing: beneficial applications for health and well-being

Medical clothing: beneficial applications for health and well-being

Health care authorities around the world face the dual challenge of preventing illnesses and finding new ways of treating them in a cost effective manner. Medical protective clothing plays a crucial part in infection prevention and control, particularly for health care workers who are especially vulnerable to the threats of infection. However, the development of such clothing which is inexpensive, protective and comfortable to wear is considered to be a significant challenge and this, in turn, is driving innovations in textile technology. On the other hand, there is demand for higher levels of patient care and many people are looking for more convenient ways of managing their health. As such, several companies have used the latest advances in wearable technology to develop garments which can monitor the health of the wearer. Indeed, the use of such products is becoming increasingly widespread, and many experts believe that wearable technology could radically change the way health care is delivered. This report provides a wealth of information on various types of medical protective clothing, its properties, and its role in infection prevention and control. Also, the report analyses the latest developments in medical protective clothing, and in clothing and accessories for monitoring health and well-being. Furthermore, the report identifies key market trends and presents an outlook for the future.


  • SUMMARY
  • INTRODUCTION
  • HEALTH CARE PROVISION
  • MEDICAL PROTECTIVE CLOTHING
    • Market size and growth
    • Purposes of medical protective clothing
    • Minimising the risk of infection and cross-infection
    • Protecting the wearer from exposure to the body fluids of a patient, and to chemicals and hazardous substances
    • Conveying a professional and authoritative image
    • Wearers of medical protective clothing
  • DEVELOPMENT OF MEDICAL PROTECTIVE CLOTHING
  • ROLE OF MEDICAL PROTECTIVE CLOTHING IN INFECTION PREVENTION AND CONTROL
    • Areas where cross-infection poses a risk
    • Potential of medical protective clothing to cause cross-infection
    • Effect of laundering on the presence of microorganisms
  • GARMENTS AND ACCESSORIES WORN BY HEALTH CARE WORKERS
    • Highly protective garments and accessories
    • Traditional medical uniforms
    • Gowns and coveralls
      • Gowns
    • Coveralls
    • Scrubs
    • Surgical scrubs
    • Non-surgical scrubs
    • Standard issue scrubs
    • Full body suits
    • Laboratory coats
    • Accessories worn by health care workers
    • Gloves
    • Footwear covers
    • Independent sleeves
    • Safety glasses and face shields
    • Surgical masks
    • Disposable plastic aprons
    • Scrub hats
  • ESSENTIAL PROPERTIES OF MEDICAL PROTECTIVE CLOTHING
    • Barrier protection
      • Table Penetration of blood-borne pathogens through a substrate
      • Table Seam constructions commonly used in medical protective clothing
    • Antimicrobial action
    • Comfort
    • Practical design
    • Compatibility with other items of PPE
    • Appropriate size and fit
    • Ease of donning and removal
    • Durability
    • Resistance to undesirable effects
      • Resistance to linting
    • Flame resistance
    • Static resistance
    • Stain resistance
    • Wrinkle resistance
    • Aesthetic appeal
    • Colours used for medical protective clothing
    • Patterns used for medical protective clothing
  • FABRICS USED IN MEDICAL PROTECTIVE CLOTHING
    • Cotton
    • Bamboo
    • Polyester
    • Fibre blends
    • High performance fabrics for reusable surgical wear
    • Nonwovens
    • Spunlace
    • Spunbond/meltblown/spunbond (SMS) polypropylene
    • Polyethylene
  • REGULATION OF MEDICAL PROTECTIVE CLOTHING
    • Table Examples of medical protective clothing standards and guidelines
    • Compliance with ppe regulations
  • INNOVATIONS IN FABRICS, CLOTHING AND ACCESSORIES FOR THE PREVENTION AND CONTROL OF INFECTION
    • Ahlstrom: VaporCool
    • Aksigen: ARMA
    • Cardinal Health: SmartGown
    • Halyard Health: Aero Blue*
    • The Hohenstein Institute and wfk - Institut für Angewandte Forschung: reusable surgical gowns for medical staff
    • Johns Hopkins University and DuPont: Ebola protection suit
    • Lakeland Industries: ChemMax 1
    • Lifethreads: Contego
    • Operating Room Innovations: Solofit
    • Sneeve: disposable antimicrobial sleeve for children
    • Strategic Partners: new generation of medical apparel with antimicrobial and fluid barrier properties
  • CLOTHING AND ACCESSORIES FOR HEALTH MONITORING AND WELL-BEING
    • Bomedus: Lower Back
    • Drexel University: new belly band to monitor uterine contractions and foetal heart rate in pregnant women
    • EMPA and Schiller: ECG belt
    • Espère Healthcare: DermaSilk
    • Fraunhofer IIS and Fraunhofer ISC: pressure monitoring stocking for use by diabetes patients
    • Fraunhofer IPK and Fraunhofer IZM: CareJack orthosis
    • Freudenberg Performance Materials: SensorBelt
    • Institute of Textiles and Clothing: clothing for the relief of eczema
    • Johns Hopkins University: shirt which delivers shocks to patients experiencing serious heart problems
    • Nottingham Trent University: gloves for sufferers of Raynaud's phenomenon
    • Schoeller Textil: iLoad
    • Sigvaris: Eversoft
    • TWare: Tjacket
    • Zoll: LifeVest
  • OUTLOOK

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