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Medical textiles: markets, applications, developments and regulations

Medical textiles: markets, applications, developments and regulations

The market for medical textiles is set to benefit from a number of trends which will make it one of the fastest growing categories within the technical textiles sector. Such trends include: ageing populations in developed countries; growing middle classes and rising disposable incomes in several developing countries; the introduction of new products; and increasing awareness among patients regarding innovative wound care applications. Medical textiles are used in a broad range of applications -- including adhesive tapes, compression garments, wound care dressings, surgical meshes, bedding and surgical gowns -- and the number of applications in which medical textiles can be used is continuing to grow as advances in technologies open up new opportunities. In particular, much research and development work is being carried out in the areas of nanocomposites, and in materials whose properties can be changed in a controlled manner in response to stimuli. Furthermore, new products are being developed to comply with new regulations such as the EU's Medical Devices Regulation (MDR). This report provides a comprehensive analysis of the market for medical textiles and examines trends in the market through to 2025. Also, it includes descriptions of the properties and applications of medical textiles, key areas of research and development in the medical textiles sector, and the implementation of the MDR in the EU.


SUMMARY
INTRODUCTION
GLOBAL MARKETS FOR MEDICAL TEXTILES TO 2025
General trends
Markets for medical textiles by application
Markets for medical textiles by fabric type
Markets for medical textiles by region
Concentration of production
Exporting countries
MEDICAL TEXTILES: PROPERTIES AND APPLICATIONS
Properties
Applications
KEY AREAS OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT IN THE MEDICAL TEXTILES SECTOR
Materials whose properties can be changed in response to stimuli
Nanocomposites
Biopolymer nanocomposites
Cellulose nanocomposites
Hydrogel nanocomposites
IMPLEMENTATION OF THE MEDICAL DEVICES REGULATION (MDR) IN THE EU
Consequences and implications of the implementation of the Medical Devices
Regulation (MDR)
List of tables
Table 1: Types of materials whose properties can be changed in response to external stimuli and potential applications for such materials in the medical textiles sector
List of figures
Figure 1: Wearable artificial kidney
Figure 2: Nanocomposite hydrogels and their application in medical textiles
Figure 3: EU Medical Devices Regulation (MDR) timeline

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