An Introduction to Healthcare and Medical Textiles

Wen Zhong, Ph.D., University of Manitoba

ISBN: 978-1-60595-020-4, ©2013, 294 pages, 6×9, Soft cover

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  • Explains basic textile concepts and links them to medical textile design
  • Covers wovens, knits, nonwovens, nanofibers and other advanced materials
  • Investigates cell, tissue and skin interaction, as well as comfort and clinical implications
  • Disposables, infection control, wound dressing, sutures, prosthetics, grafts and more

This volume is a scientific introduction to the study, engineering and applications of medical textiles. It moves systematically from the fundamentals of textile materials and their fabrication through biocompatibility and biodegradability to the applications of textiles in healthcare, ranging from hygiene to wound care, grafts and implantables. The book analyzes how the internal structures of various types of textiles, wovens, knits and nonwovens, are related to specific medical/biomedical end uses. While carefully explaining the basics, the book aims to show the connection between textile properties and the design and development of medical and healthcare textile products. This text is designed for advanced students and industry-based textile researchers, engineers, and product developers.


1. Introduction
1.1. Materials for Healthcare and Medical Textiles
1.2. Applications of Healthcare and Medical Textiles
1.3. Summary
1.4. References


2. Textile Materials and Structures
2.1. Materials and Structures Used for Healthcare and Medical Textile Products
2.2. Polymers
2.3. Fibers
2.4. Yarns
2.5. Fabrics and 3D Structures
2.6. Fiber-Reinforced Composites
2.7. Finishing for Textile Products
2.8. Summary
2.9. References

3. Medical and Healthcare Nanofibers
3.1. Fabrication of Nanofibers
3.2. Biopolymers Used for Nanofibers
3.3. Modification of Nanofibers
3.4. Biomedical Applications of Nanofibers
3.5. Summary
3.6. References

4. Textiles as a Source of Comfort and Healthcare Problems
4.1. Microclimate and Thermophysiological Comfort
4.2. Textile/Skin Interaction and Sensorial Comfort
4.3. Types of Fiber as Related to Comfort
4.4. Textile-Related Healthcare Problems
4.5. Summary
4.6. References

5. Biocompatibility, Bioresorbability, and Biostability: Solutions and Beyond
5.1. Biocompatibility
5.2. Bioresorbability and Biostability
5.3. Summary
5.4. References


6. Disposable Hygiene Textiles
6.1. The Diaper
6.2. Other Disposable Hygiene Textiles
6.3. Environmental Issues
6.4. Summary
6.5. References

7. Healthcare Protective Textiles
7.1. Textiles for Infection Control
7.2. Flame Retardant (FR) Textiles
7.3. Antistatic Textiles
7.4. Summary
7.5. References

8. Textiles for Wound Care
8.1. Human Skin and Skin Wounds
8.2. Wound Dressing and Wound Dressing Materials
8.3. Pressure Garment
8.4. Summary
8.5. References

9. Biotextiles
9.1. Sutures
9.2. Vascular Grafts
9.3. Ligament Prosthesis
9.4. Hernia Repair Mesh Grafts
9.5. Extracorporeal Devices: Artificial Kidney
9.6. Summary
9.7. References

10. Tissue Engineering
10.1. Bioengineered Skin Grafts
10.2. Bioengineered Vascular Grafts
10.3. Bioengineered Extracorporeal Devices
10.4. Summary
10.5. References

11. Intelligent Medical and Healthcare Textiles
11.1. Intelligent Materials
11.2. Intelligent Textile Products
11.3. Summary
11.4. References


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