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Wound Care Textiles: An Overview

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Wound-healing depends not only on medication but also on suitable dressing materials. Dressings should be easy to apply, should be painless on removal, should create the optimal environment for wound-healing, and should require fewer dressing changes, thereby reducing nursing time. Wound-dressing materials are mainly classified as absorbent and non-absorbent, depending on the type of fibers used. Dressings vary with the type of wound and wound management.


Textiles are used in medical science in different ways from Wound care material to new prosthetic non-allergic devices. In today's health care environment, textile products are finding innovative applications which were not imaginable just few years ago. The importance of textile materials in medical field is created to their excellent physical properties, such as strength, extensibility, flexibility, suppleness, air and moisture permeability and wicking [1].

Medical textiles account for a huge market owing to the widespread need for them, in the hospital, hygiene, and health care sectors. There has been a sharp increase in the use of natural as well as synthetic fibers for producing various medical products. A forecast says that, the annual growth of medical-textile products were likely to be around 10% during the year 19992000.

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Prof. S.K. Laga and Apurva Darne are associated with the D.K.T.E.'S Textile & Engineering Institute, Ichalkaranji - 416115 (M.H), India

This article was originally published in the New Cloth Market, March, 2013 issue.


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