Handbook of Medical Textiles

Handbook of Medical Textiles

1st Edition - August 19, 2011

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  • Editor: V Bartels
  • eBook ISBN: 9780857093691
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9781845696917

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With a rising population and the increasing range of textiles for medical products, the need to understand and improve medical textiles is gaining in importance. The Handbook of medical textiles provides an overview of the different types of medical textiles currently available as well as specific information on more specialised topics and applications.In part one, the types and properties of medical textiles are discussed, with chapters covering topics including reusable textiles, textiles for implants and textiles with cosmetic effects. Part two focuses on the interaction of textiles with the skin, examining key issues such as contact sensations, allergies and mechanical irritation. Chapters in part three provide information on the latest developments in textiles for hygiene and infection control, while part four provides a range of applications and case studies, including improvements in medical occupational clothing, medical filters and superabsorbent fibres.With its expert editor and contributions from some of the world’s leading authorities, the Handbook of medical textiles is a standard reference for designers and manufacturers of medical textile products, as well as for biomaterials scientists and medical professionals.

Key Features

  • Explores the different types of medical textiles currently available as well as specific information on more specialised areas and applications
  • Chapters cover topics such as reusable textiles, textiles for implants and interaction of textiles with the skin
  • Is a standard reference for designers and manufacturers of medical textile products, as well as for biomaterials scientists and medical professionals


Designers and manufacturers of medical textile products, as well as for biomaterials scientists and medical professionals.

Table of Contents

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    Part I: Types and properties of medical textiles

    Chapter 1: Modern textiles and biomaterials for healthcare


    1.1 Introduction

    1.2 The role of textile structures and biomaterials in healthcare

    1.3 Types of textiles and biomaterials for medical applications

    1.4 Key properties of medical textile products

    1.5 Contacting behaviour and transmission phenomenon of medical-based textiles

    1.6 Engineering stability and compactness in medical textile systems

    1.7 Advanced examples of research and product development

    1.8 Future of medical textiles and products

    1.9 Sources of further information and advice

    1.10 Acknowledgement

    Chapter 2: Hi-tech textiles for interactive wound therapies


    2.1 Introduction

    2.2 Wounds

    2.3 Wound dressings

    2.4 Venous leg ulcers and their treatment

    2.5 Wound dressing structures

    2.6 Conclusions

    Chapter 3: Reusable medical textiles


    3.1 Introduction

    3.2 The role of reusable medical textiles: a historical perspective

    3.3 Advantages of reusable textiles

    3.4 Types of reusable textiles used for medical applications

    3.5 Processing procedures

    3.6 Healthcare costs

    3.7 Future trends

    3.8 Conclusions

    Chapter 4: Nonwoven materials and technologies for medical applications


    4.1 Introduction

    4.2 Key issues of nonwovens

    4.3 Main types of nonwovens and technologies for medical applications

    4.4 Strengths and limitations of nonwoven materials (NMs) for medical applications

    4.5 Applications of nonwovens in medicine

    4.6 Future trends

    4.7 Sources of further information and advice

    Chapter 5: Textiles for implants and regenerative medicine


    5.1 Introduction

    5.2 Textiles as implants

    5.3 Textiles for regenerative medicine

    5.4 Testing of implants and materials for regenerative medicine

    5.5 Sources for further information

    Chapter 6: Textiles with cosmetic effects


    6.1 Introduction

    6.2 Application and release technologies

    6.3 Functionalities of cosmetotextiles and performance testing

    6.4 Safety evaluation and other regulatory aspects

    6.5 Future trends

    Chapter 7: Drug-releasing textiles


    7.1 Introduction

    7.2 Classification of drug-releasing textiles

    7.3 Fabrication and characterization

    7.4 Applications of drug-releasing textiles

    7.5 Conclusions

    7.6 Future trends

    7.7 Acknowledgments

    Chapter 8: Medical textiles and thermal comfort


    8.1 Fundamentals of thermal comfort

    8.2 Healthcare workers and patients in the hospital environment

    8.3 Thermal comfort of medical textiles: surgical gowns

    8.4 Evaluation and testing of thermal properties for medical textiles

    8.5 Future trends

    Part II: Textiles and the skin

    Chapter 9: Contact sensations of medical textiles on the skin


    9.1 Introduction

    9.2 Skin contact sensations

    9.3 Textile properties influencing skin contact sensations

    9.4 Examples of applications

    9.5 Future trends

    9.6 Conclusions

    9.7 Sources of further information

    9.8 Acknowledgment

    Chapter 10: Mechanical skin irritations due to textiles


    10.1 Introduction

    10.2 Human skin

    10.3 Skin irritation

    10.4 Skin responses to mechanical forces

    10.5 Measurement of irritating mechanical factors

    10.6 Factors causing a textile to be mechanically irritating

    Chapter 11: Allergies caused by textiles


    11.1 Introduction

    11.2 Types of allergies

    11.3 Main types of allergies caused by textiles

    11.4 Ways to minimise and avoid allergies caused by textiles

    11.5 Testing for allergy-causing substances

    11.6 Medical textile applications

    11.7 Sources of further information and advice

    Chapter 12: Biofunctional textiles based on cellulose and their approaches for therapy and prevention of atopic eczema


    12.1 Introduction

    12.2 The role of microbial infections in atopic dermatitis

    12.3 Skin barrier function and increased sensitivity to irritants

    12.4 Lyocell fibres for antimicrobial therapy

    12.5 SeaCell® textiles for antimicrobial therapy

    12.6 Future trends and conclusions

    Part III: Textiles for hygiene

    Chapter 13: Infection prevention and control and the role of medical textiles


    13.1 Introduction

    13.2 Superbugs and healthcare-associated infections (HAIs)

    13.3 Principles and practice of infection prevention and control in hospitals

    13.4 The role of textiles in infection prevention and control

    13.5 Future challenges

    13.6 A holistic approach to preventing infections

    Chapter 14: Absorbent products for personal health care and hygiene


    14.1 Introduction

    14.2 Different types of absorbent products for personal health and hygiene

    14.3 Key issues of absorbent hygiene products

    14.4 Testing of absorbent hygiene products

    14.5 Application example: diapers – adapting products from premature babies to toilet training

    14.6 Future trends

    14.7 Sources of further information and advice

    14.8 Acknowledgements

    Chapter 15: Bio-functional textiles


    15.1 Introduction

    15.2 Types of bio-functional textiles

    15.3 Evaluation of bio-functional effects and safety

    15.4 Applications of bio-functional textiles

    15.5 Manufacturing of bio-functional textiles

    15.6 Future trends

    Chapter 16: Hospital laundries and their role in medical textiles


    16.1 Introduction

    16.2 Key issues of hospital laundries

    16.3 Impact of hospital laundries on the hygiene of medical textiles

    16.4 Testing and quality control of hygienic properties in hospital laundries

    16.5 State of the art in hospital laundries

    16.6 Future trends

    16.9 Appendix: additional information

    Chapter 17: Odour control of medical textiles


    17.1 Introduction

    17.2 Measurement of odour

    17.3 Key issues of odour control in medical applications

    17.4 Control of odour with textiles

    17.5 Future trends

    17.6 Acknowledgement

    Part IV: Medical textile case studies and applications

    Chapter 18: Textiles for medical filters


    18.1 Introduction

    18.2 Key issues of medical filters

    18.3 Application of hollow fiber bioreactors

    18.4 Evaluation and characterization of medical filters

    18.5 Future trends

    Chapter 19: Textiles for patient heat preservation during operations


    19.1 Key issues and importance of preventing cold stress in patients during operations

    19.2 Main types of textiles used to maintain patient temperature during operations

    19.3 Applications of textiles in maintaining patient temperature

    19.4 Future trends

    Chapter 20: Evaluation of occupational clothing for surgeons: achieving comfort and avoiding physiological stress through suitable gowns


    20.1 Historical background

    20.2 Surgical gowns

    20.3 Influences on wear properties

    20.4 Elements of comfort

    20.5 Evaluation of parameters relevant for comfortable textiles

    20.6 Sweating as an effect of physiological stress

    20.7 Controlled wear tests

    20.8 Purchasing criteria

    20.9 Conclusions and recommendations

    Chapter 21: Occupational clothing for nurses: combining improved comfort with economic efficiency


    21.1 Introduction

    21.2 Materials and methods

    21.3 Cleanliness

    21.4 Improving comfort in nurses′ occupational clothing

    21.5 Improving durability of nurses’ clothing in industrial laundering processes

    21.6 Possible savings in resources, washing and drying, durability and nosocomial infections

    21.7 Applications of knitted microfibre fabrics

    21.8 Future trends

    21.9 Sources of further information and advice

    21.10 Acknowledgement

    Chapter 22: Medical bandages and stockings with enhanced patient acceptance


    22.1 Introduction

    22.2 Key issues and role of medical bandages and stockings

    22.3 Improving patient acceptance of medical bandages and stockings

    22.4 Conclusions

    Chapter 23: Superabsorbents and their medical applications


    23.1 Introduction

    23.2 Methods of obtaining superabsorbent polymers and their chemical structure

    23.3 Forms of superabsorbents and their properties

    23.4 Development stages of superabsorbent materials according to appropriate patents

    23.5 Applications of superabsorbents in medicine

    23.6 Applications of superabsorbents in hygiene products and medical textiles

    23.7 Applications of superabsorbents for comfort improvement

    23.8 Ergonomie tests

    23.9 Application of superabsorbent materials in half masks

    23.10 Conclusions

    Chapter 24: Nanofibrous textiles in medical applications


    24.1 Introduction

    24.2 Nanofibrous textiles

    24.3 Applications of nanofibres in the medical field

    24.4 Future trends

    24.5 Sources of further information and advice


Product details

  • No. of pages: 608
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Woodhead Publishing 2011
  • Published: August 19, 2011
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • eBook ISBN: 9780857093691
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9781845696917

About the Editor

V Bartels

Dr Volkmar T. Bartels is the founder and managing director of Bartels Scientific Consulting GmbH.

Affiliations and Expertise

Bartels Scientific Consulting GmbH, Germany

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