Medical protective clothing: demand and innovation spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic

Medical protective clothing: demand and innovation spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic

The recent outbreak of COVID-19 has highlighted the crucial role played by medical protective clothing in ensuring the safety of health care workers, the patients they treat and the general public on a daily basis. Indeed, medical protective clothing and other items of personal protective equipment (PPE) are crucial to preventing the transmission of COVID-19. Global demand for medical protective clothing and PPE has surged to unprecedented levels and this has placed immense pressure on supply chains. One outcome is that nonwoven fabrics used in the manufacture of single-use protective items such as face masks and gowns are in exceptionally high demand. In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted several of the industry's key players to innovate, and to boost supplies of fabrics used in the manufacture of medical protective clothing--including nonwovens. There has been a particular focus on the rapid development of antiviral finishes, and on the development of fabrics treated with such finishes for use in the manufacture of reusable medical protective clothing. This report provides a wealth of information on the market for medical protective clothing and the latest innovations in this sector. Topics explored in the report include: purposes of medical protective clothing; types of medical protective clothing; essential properties of medical protective clothing; materials used in the manufacture of medical protective clothing; medical protective clothing and the prevention of cross-infection; standards for medical protective clothing and personal protective equipment (PPE); and the market for medical protective clothing with particular reference to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the market. Also, the report examines a variety of innovations in materials for medical protective clothing, it analyses some of the latest antiviral finishes for medical protective clothing, and it provides an outlook for the future.


  • SUMMARY
  • INTRODUCTION
  • PURPOSES OF MEDICAL PROTECTIVE CLOTHING
  • TYPES OF MEDICAL PROTECTIVE CLOTHING
    • GOWNS
    • COVERALLS
    • SCRUBS
      • Surgical scrubs
      • Non-surgical 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 PROPERTIES
    • 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
  • MATERIALS USED IN THE MANUFACTURE OF MEDICAL PROTECTIVE CLOTHING
    • SINGLE-USE MEDICAL PROTECTIVE CLOTHING
      • Impact of single-use medical protective clothing items on the environment
    • REUSABLE MEDICAL PROTECTIVE CLOTHING
      • Comfort
        • Table Comparison of the cost of using a reusable surgical gown with the cost of using a single-use surgical gown, 2020
  • MEDICAL PROTECTIVE CLOTHING AND THE PREVENTION OF CROSS-INFECTION
    • EMERGENCE OF NOVEL INFECTIONS
    • HEALTH CARE ASSOCIATED INFECTIONS (HCAIS)
    • POTENTIAL OF MEDICAL PROTECTIVE CLOTHING TO CAUSE CROSS-INFECTION
    • EFFECT OF LAUNDERING ON THE PRESENCE OF MICROORGANISMS
  • STANDARDS FOR MEDICAL PROTECTIVE CLOTHING AND PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE)
    • Table Selected standards used in the certification of medical protective apparel, personal protective equipment (PPE) and materials from which they are made by region or country, 2020
  • MARKET FOR MEDICAL PROTECTIVE CLOTHING
    • Table USA: employment of physicians, registered nurses and respiratory
    • IMPACT OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC ON DEMAND FOR PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE)
      • Price increases and counterfeit products
    • KEY PROVIDERS OF MEDICAL PROTECTIVE APPAREL AND MATERIALS USED IN THE MANUFACTURE OF MEDICAL PROTECTIVE APPAREL
      • Table Leading manufacturers of nonwovens for medical applications including medical protective clothing, May 2020
      • Table Selected suppliers of medical protective clothing and personal protective equipment (PPE), May 2020
      • Table Selected manufacturers of fabrics for reusable medical protective apparel products, May 2020
    • CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES
  • INNOVATIONS IN MATERIALS FOR MEDICAL PROTECTIVE CLOTHING
    • AHLSTROM-MUNKSJÖ: EXTIA PROTECT, TRUSTSHIELD, AND VIROSÇL FABRICS
      • Extia Protect
      • TrustShield
    • ARGAR: AVIRTEX FABRICS
    • ASCEND PERFORMANCE MATERIALS (ASCEND): ACTEEV PROTECT
    • BURLINGTON: ISOLITE, MAXIMA, MAXPRO AND XALT FABRICS
      • Table Burlington: selected medical fabrics, 2020
    • CARRINGTON TEXTILES (CARRINGTON): ANTIVIRAL AND ANTIBACTERIAL FABRICS FOR MEDICAL APPAREL AND WORKWEAR
    • DUPONT: TYVEK 1222A FABRIC
    • MILLIKEN & COMPANY (MILLIKEN): BIOSMART AND PERIMETER FABRICS
      • Table Milliken: water resistance of Perimeter fabrics, 2020
    • SUOMINEN: FIBRELLA SHIELD
  • INNOVATIONS IN ANTIVIRAL FINISHES FOR MEDICAL PROTECTIVE CLOTHING
    • HEIQ: HEIQ VIROBLOCK NPJ03
    • POLYGIENE: VIRALOFF
    • PRONEEM: VIRAL STOP
    • RUDOLF GROUP: RUCO-BAC AGP RUCO-BAC AGP is an
  • OUTLOOK

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