third major category is adult incontinence products. Although a quite young
segment, growth is rapid due to the increasing share of older people. People
today live longer and stay active many more years than their grand-parents.
But, with higher age many other problems occur. Some of these are life-style
related like obesity, diabetes and cardiological and hip and knee-problems, as
well as adult incontinence. The latter is still a taboo topic in most parts of
the world although awareness is increasing. Media and medical professionals
highlight this problem and organizations engage opinion leaders and celebrities
to talk about incontinence and what can be done about it. And, absorbent
incontinence products are developed to meet the needs of each individual, man
or woman, based on absorption capacity, design and level of incontinence with
pads, inserts, pants and full-size diapers.
are becoming both more readily available and accepted and today one can buy
absorbent incontinence products in almost any retail store or pharmacy,
something that was impossible just some years ago; or why not order via the
internet and get the products just by the door.
growing segment is wipes, mainly made by spunlaced or air-laid nonwovens of
multiple fibre compositions. Wet wipes help improve personal hygiene when water
is scarce or when travelling. They make it easy to wash the little ones when
changing diapers or just in all situations to clean hands, face, body or even
pets. Other uses can be found in cleaning surfaces at home, cars and many
technical areas. Some of the new wipes can also provide disinfection from
various types of bacteria and viruses. Such wipes will become increasingly
valuable in the future.
do Healthcare Associated Infections have to do with nonwovens?
associated infections, HAI, can be defined as infections acquired in healthcare
facilities by patients who have been admitted for reasons other than those
infections. Such infections can cause pain and even death to a high number of
patients in various healthcare settings. HAI also stand for pro-longed hospital
stay and high additional treatment cost and are therefore at the top of the
agenda of governments, authorities and healthcare providers. In this context,
single-use nonwoven based products play a major role.
example, in the operating room single-use nonwoven surgical drapes and gowns
are important in providing a safe and clean environment. Single-use nonwoven
surgical drapes and gowns are used only once and then destroyed by
incineration. The requirements of gowns are very high, giving surgical staff
the best security against contamination combined with expectations of comfort
and ease of use. Specific hydrophobic treatments are important to withstand
body fluids that may occur during a surgery. Surgical drapes that serve to
protect patients during surgery are usually laminated with a plastic film as
well as treated with hydrophobic or hydrophilic agents for optimal performance.
In these categories various types of spunlaid nonwovens (SMS, SMMS, etc.) are
favoured, followed by spunlaced and to lesser degree chemical bonded nonwovens.