There is a wide range of textile-based health care products available on the market and these products must comply with the legislation laid down in R.D. 1591/2009 dated 16th of October, which regulates health care products; in this respect, AITEX performs research into reusable or single-use surgical textiles such as gowns, cloths and clean-air suits that do not produce dust and prevent the passage of fluids that have been contaminated by microorganisms. Other groups of textiles regulated by this legislation are gauzes, bandages, dressings, plasters, sticking tapes and sutures, with special properties such as acidity/alkalinity, fluorescence, deformability, microbiological control etc.
Lines of R & D:
This area is based on the use of electrospinning technology to obtain nanofibre veils, which are characterised by having a large specific surface area and being lightweight (low grammage). The veils that are electrospun are biodegradable polymers that are biocompatible with the human body, aimed at the cellular regeneration of human tissues.
The controlled release of drugs is also tackled using electrospinning technology. By adding metal, inorganic nanoparticles and pharmacological compounds, we obtain a product with a specific function, on a highly efficient distribution vehicle. These products have very good projections as drug release systems, anti-bacterial agents or catalysts for electrochemical reactions.
Research related with textiles that can be used as hospital bedding, surgical textiles and structural solutions for pressure ulcers.
Developments that incorporate active ingredients which are beneficial for the skin and which are transmitted through direct contact.
Integration of conductive threads to create heated garments, t-shirts that monitor the wearer’s breathing and temperature, and cooling upholstery through the integration of Peltier cells.
Lines of Innovation:
Health textiles: study and quantification in the fields of microbiology, analytical chemistry and textile physics
This area offers advice and consultancy services to help textile industries make a commitment to this sector and this industry as an alternative to traditional textiles.
“made in Green” is both a certificate and a label which, by controlling product traceability, ensures:
- The absence of substances that are harmful to HEALTH
- Respect for the ENVIRONMENT
- Respect for the HUMAN RIGHTS OF WORKERS