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Updated on February 14, 2013
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A qualified Textile Post Diploma Graduate and Ex.M D of a Textile Mill.

Union Miister asks - Is this for SWINE FLU.

This is Swine Flu Suit Right.Can I use this in my Home Town
This is Swine Flu Suit Right.Can I use this in my Home Town

Picture of a Surgical Suit.( Made in India )

As a CEO of a textile mill I frequented the hospitals to visit my sick employees or persons who had met with accidents.I found lot of Bed Sheets which were not up to standards of hygiene and fresh as it should be.Once I met the Hospital Administrator and enquired as to where he was purchasing his Bed Sheets and who was washing them.He gave a doubtful look at me and asked me why.?I told him that the quality of the Bed Sheets were poor and the washings were poor as they looked with spots and brown rusty marks.This was not a Govt Hospital but a private big hospital.He refused to give me the information and me that I could write a letter to the Chairman.I straight away went to the Chairman's office and he was available and his office was not guarded by a secretary or a office boy.I went inside and gave him my card.He looked at it and welcomed me saying,Oh you are the new General Manager of our local mill,nice meeting you,what can I do for you.I repeated what I had asked the Administrator and told him to provide me the information,he asked me why I needed the information.I informed him my services to help the hospital to get better Bed Sheets and arrange for better washing.His answer was the same as that of the Administrator.I had to write and give them all details so that he could place before the board of directors to see if that was profitable.I wrote the letter but there was no reply.This was over twenty years ago.Things have changed now with the emergence of Technical Textiles.

The Union Minister for Textiles is Feeling by touch the Surgical Suit made in India.Perhaps he is asking if he can get one free for his use in his native place against Swine Flu.( You see he is new in Technical Textiles ).


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      S K G Rao. 8 years ago from Bangalore City - INDIA.

      The scope of meditech embraces all textile materials used in health and hygiene applications in both consumer and medical markets. Depending on the nature of application, many medical products are disposable and made out of nonwoven fabrics.

      Textile products are used in medical and healthcare sector in various forms. The complexity of applications has increased with research and developments in the area of medical textiles. The surgical gown, operating room garments and drapes require special antibacterial properties combined with the wearers comfort. Other major uses of medical textiles are incontinence diapers, sanitary napkins and baby diapers. Wound dressing, bandages and swabs are also widely used conventional medical textiles.

      Textiles are also being used as sutures, orthopaedic implants, vascular grafts, artificial ligaments, artificial tendons, heart valves and even as artificial skins. Recent advances in medical textiles to be used as extracorporeal devices are also significant; these include artificial kidney, artificial liver, mechanical lungs etc. New materials are finding specialized applications like antimicrobial and antifungal fibres and additives used in barrier fabrics, abdominal post-operative binders, applications in neurodermatitis treatment and various other wound management and surgical treatments.

      Although the type of fibre used and the fabric structure varies with the specific end use, all medical fibres must be non-toxic, non-carcinogenic, non-allergic and capable of being sterilized without suffering chemical or physical damage. In addition, for many applications absorbency is essential, favoring the use of cotton or viscose. In most applications, cotton has been replaced by synthetics such as polyester (because of its durability and low linting characteristics), by polypropylene (the most popular fibre, largely due to its capillary & inert characteristics), and by viscose rayon (due to its absorbency and biodegradability)