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Contributor contact details Woodhead Publishing Series in Textiles Preface Part I: Types and properties of medical textiles Chapter 1: Modern textiles and biomaterials for healthcare Abstract: 1.1 Introduction 1.2 The role of textile structures and biomaterials in healthcare 1.3 Types of textiles and biomaterials for medical applications 1.4 Key properties of medical textile products 1.5 Contacting behaviour and transmission phenomenon of medical-based textiles 1.6 Engineering stability and compactness in medical textile systems 1.7 Advanced examples of research and product development 1.8 Future of medical textiles and products 1.9 Sources of further information and advice 1.10 Acknowledgement Chapter 2: Hi-tech textiles for interactive wound therapies Abstract: 2.1 Introduction 2.2 Wounds 2.3 Wound dressings 2.4 Venous leg ulcers and their treatment 2.5 Wound dressing structures 2.6 Conclusions Chapter 3: Reusable medical textiles Abstract: 3.1 Introduction 3.2 The role of reusable medical textiles: a historical perspective 3.3 Advantages of reusable textiles 3.4 Types of reusable textiles used for medical applications 3.5 Processing procedures 3.6 Healthcare costs 3.7 Future trends 3.8 Conclusions Chapter 4: Nonwoven materials and technologies for medical applications Abstract: 4.1 Introduction 4.2 Key issues of nonwovens 4.3 Main types of nonwovens and technologies for medical applications 4.4 Strengths and limitations of nonwoven materials (NMs) for medical applications 4.5 Applications of nonwovens in medicine 4.6 Future trends 4.7 Sources of further information and advice Chapter 5: Textiles for implants and regenerative medicine Abstract: 5.1 Introduction 5.2 Textiles as implants 5.3 Textiles for regenerative medicine 5.4 Testing of implants and materials for regenerative medicine 5.5 Sources for further information Chapter 6: Textiles with cosmetic effects Abstract: 6.1 Introduction 6.2 Application and release technologies 6.3 Functionalities of cosmetotextiles and performance testing 6.4 Safety evaluation and other regulatory aspects 6.5 Future trends Chapter 7: Drug-releasing textiles Abstract: 7.1 Introduction 7.2 Classification of drug-releasing textiles 7.3 Fabrication and characterization 7.4 Applications of drug-releasing textiles 7.5 Conclusions 7.6 Future trends 7.7 Acknowledgments Chapter 8: Medical textiles and thermal comfort Abstract: 8.1 Fundamentals of thermal comfort 8.2 Healthcare workers and patients in the hospital environment 8.3 Thermal comfort of medical textiles: surgical gowns 8.4 Evaluation and testing of thermal properties for medical textiles 8.5 Future trends Part II: Textiles and the skin Chapter 9: Contact sensations of medical textiles on the skin Abstract: 9.1 Introduction 9.2 Skin contact sensations 9.3 Textile properties influencing skin contact sensations 9.4 Examples of applications 9.5 Future trends 9.6 Conclusions 9.7 Sources of further information 9.8 Acknowledgment Chapter 10: Mechanical skin irritations due to textiles Abstract: 10.1 Introduction 10.2 Human skin 10.3 Skin irritation 10.4 Skin responses to mechanical forces 10.5 Measurement of irritating mechanical factors 10.6 Factors causing a textile to be mechanically irritating Chapter 11: Allergies caused by textiles Abstract: 11.1 Introduction 11.2 Types of allergies 11.3 Main types of allergies caused by textiles 11.4 Ways to minimise and avoid allergies caused by textiles 11.5 Testing for allergy-causing substances 11.6 Medical textile applications 11.7 Sources of further information and advice Chapter 12: Biofunctional textiles based on cellulose and their approaches for therapy and prevention of atopic eczema Abstract: 12.1 Introduction 12.2 The role of microbial infections in atopic dermatitis 12.3 Skin barrier function and increased sensitivity to irritants 12.4 Lyocell fibres for antimicrobial therapy 12.5 SeaCell (R) textiles for antimicrobial therapy 12.6 Future trends and conclusions Part III: Textiles for hygiene Chapter 13: Infection prevention and control and the role of medical textiles Abstract: 13.1 Introduction 13.2 Superbugs and healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) 13.3 Principles and practice of infection prevention and control in hospitals 13.4 The role of textiles in infection prevention and control 13.5 Future challenges 13.6 A holistic approach to preventing infections Chapter 14: Absorbent products for personal health care and hygiene Abstract: 14.1 Introduction 14.2 Different types of absorbent products for personal health and hygiene 14.3 Key issues of absorbent hygiene products 14.4 Testing of absorbent hygiene products 14.5 Application example: diapers - adapting products from premature babies to toilet training 14.6 Future trends 14.7 Sources of further information and advice 14.8 Acknowledgements Chapter 15: Bio-functional textiles Abstract: 15.1 Introduction 15.2 Types of bio-functional textiles 15.3 Evaluation of bio-functional effects and safety 15.4 Applications of bio-functional textiles 15.5 Manufacturing of bio-functional textiles 15.6 Future trends Chapter 16: Hospital laundries and their role in medical textiles Abstract: 16.1 Introduction 16.2 Key issues of hospital laundries 16.3 Impact of hospital laundries on the hygiene of medical textiles 16.4 Testing and quality control of hygienic properties in hospital laundries 16.5 State of the art in hospital laundries 16.6 Future trends 16.9 Appendix: additional information Chapter 17: Odour control of medical textiles Abstract: 17.1 Introduction 17.2 Measurement of odour 17.3 Key issues of odour control in medical applications 17.4 Control of odour with textiles 17.5 Future trends 17.6 Acknowledgement Part IV: Medical textile case studies and applications Chapter 18: Textiles for medical filters Abstract: 18.1 Introduction 18.2 Key issues of medical filters 18.3 Application of hollow fiber bioreactors 18.4 Evaluation and characterization of medical filters 18.5 Future trends Chapter 19: Textiles for patient heat preservation during operations Abstract: 19.1 Key issues and importance of preventing cold stress in patients during operations 19.2 Main types of textiles used to maintain patient temperature during operations 19.3 Applications of textiles in maintaining patient temperature 19.4 Future trends Chapter 20: Evaluation of occupational clothing for surgeons: achieving comfort and avoiding physiological stress through suitable gowns Abstract: 20.1 Historical background 20.2 Surgical gowns 20.3 Influences on wear properties 20.4 Elements of comfort 20.5 Evaluation of parameters relevant for comfortable textiles 20.6 Sweating as an effect of physiological stress 20.7 Controlled wear tests 20.8 Purchasing criteria 20.9 Conclusions and recommendations Chapter 21: Occupational clothing for nurses: combining improved comfort with economic efficiency Abstract: 21.1 Introduction 21.2 Materials and methods 21.3 Cleanliness 21.4 Improving comfort in nurses' occupational clothing 21.5 Improving durability of nurses' clothing in industrial laundering processes 21.6 Possible savings in resources, washing and drying, durability and nosocomial infections 21.7 Applications of knitted microfibre fabrics 21.8 Future trends 21.9 Sources of further information and advice 21.10 Acknowledgement Chapter 22: Medical bandages and stockings with enhanced patient acceptance Abstract: 22.1 Introduction 22.2 Key issues and role of medical bandages and stockings 22.3 Improving patient acceptance of medical bandages and stockings 22.4 Conclusions Chapter 23: Superabsorbents and their medical applications Abstract: 23.1 Introduction 23.2 Methods of obtaining superabsorbent polymers and their chemical structure 23.3 Forms of superabsorbents and their properties 23.4 Development stages of superabsorbent materials according to appropriate patents 23.5 Applications of superabsorbents in medicine 23.6 Applications of superabsorbents in hygiene products and medical textiles 23.7 Applications of superabsorbents for comfort improvement 23.8 Ergonomie tests 23.9 Application of superabsorbent materials in half masks 23.10 Conclusions Chapter 24: Nanofibrous textiles in medical applications Abstract: 24.1 Introduction 24.2 Nanofibrous textiles 24.3 Applications of nanofibres in the medical field 24.4 Future trends 24.5 Sources of further information and advice Index

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Dr Volkmar T. Bartels is the founder and managing director of Bartels Scientific Consulting GmbH.

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