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Medical textiles (Meditech) are used in a wide variety of applications. The use of textile products across medical practice and human hygiene remains widespread and based on basic textile properties such as flexibility, filtering, softness, lightness, etc.

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Examples of medical textiles include the artificial cornea, eye contact lenses, artificial joints and bones, heart valves/vascular grafts, sanitary towels, nappies, artificial lungs/kidney/liver, sutures, artificial ligaments, bandages, wound dressing, and surgeon wear. Medical-Textiles-market-textilesinside

Technical developments in active implants, tissue engineering, spinal implants, and the socio-economic changes in developing countries, as well as the change in the age structure of the industrialized nations, are expected to further strengthen the medical textile market growth. Rising awareness regarding new technologies for wound care, growing diabetic and aging population, and support from the government in the form of funding non-implantable goods are widely being used worldwide, which is anticipated to drive the growth of the global medical textiles market.

Textile fibers and textiles and play a vital role in the medical and healthcare sector. Traditional products include bandages for covering wounds, sutures for stitching together the sides of open wounds to promote healing, substrates for plaster of Paris casts, and incontinence products. However, the role played by fiber-based materials has advanced drastically in recent years. Innovations in medical textiles include:

  • Textile scaffolds that are used today to promote cell growth and build cell structures,
  • Bioglass fibers used in tissue engineering to create new bone structures,
  • Textile-based stents, small cylindrical tubes that are made from biocompatible materials, that help to keep and support open veins and arteries. These stents are complex structures and require the use of sophisticated manufacturing technologies,
  • Fibers being used in nerve regeneration techniques to repair injuries resulting from trauma or surgery.
  • Devices made from textile fibers that can be implanted to release therapeutic drugs at controlled rates and for controlled lengths of time,
  • Bandages have evolved into advanced wound dressings which enable antibiotics and other drugs to be delivered directly to the parts of the body where they are needed. Some bandages incorporate agents for stopping blood loss quickly.

 

The cooperation of physicians, surgeons, microbiologists, physiologists, and textile scientists has produced, over recent years, a multitude of innovative medical textile applications. There will be an increasing role for medical textiles in the future. Textiles will be used in all new corporal devices, external or implanted materials, healthcare, and hygienic products. Textile materials continue to serve an important function in the development of a range of medical and surgical products. Active barrier protective fabrics are a game-changer for medical textiles and a tremendous leap forward because they provide vital protection to health care workers while still offering comfort.

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