Traditionally, medical manufacturers have used a wide range of materials for creating medical care products. Options include woven cloth, foam materials, gels, nonwovens, and more. Increasingly, medical products are being developed using nonwoven fabrics. There are several reasons why nonwovens are preferable for items such as bandages, wound dressings, surgical scrubs, medical masks, and other healthcare products. Here are just a few of the characteristics that make nonwovens the preferred choice for disposable medical items:
Nonwovens Offer Choice and Flexibility
A wide range of materials can be used in the development of nonwoven fabric. The most widely used fibers for medical items include polypropylene, polyester, viscose, and bicomponent fiber. Nonwovens can be made in a variety of colors, textures, and thicknesses, making them perfect for a wide range of wound dressing products.
Antimicrobial Treatments Are Available
Nonwovens can be developed with specific treatments to make them antimicrobial, making them ideal for medical applications. Options vary and are typically based on how the end-product will be used, whether it is a medical garment or a wound dressing.
Nonwovens May Be Combined with Other Materials
Depending on the desired finished product attributes, nonwoven fabrics can be made strong and lightweight. Nonwovens can be made with characteristics appropriate for the product purpose, including absorbency, fabric resilience, softness, and the ability to stretch. Nonwoven fabrics can be combined with materials such as adhesives to create a barrier product that is easily applied and removed.
Nonwovens Are More Cost-Effective Over Time
Hospitals and healthcare facilities often have to deal with tight budget constraints. Medical suppliers who serve bulk quantity medical product needs must assess margins and to show customers how their product performance can be beneficial for the facility’s budget. Nonwoven fabric has been demonstrated to promote healing, reduce the risk of cross-contamination, and eliminate the costs associated with laundering. WPT Nonwovens offers manufacturing capabilities to develop nonwovens that are absorbent, anti-bacterial, soft, and liquid repellent in a variety of colors, textures, and weights. We also offer the benefit of inline slitting and winding capabilities, eliminating the need for third party conversion services for medical product manufacturers. We welcome any size order, from wound dressing manufacturers of all volumes. Contact us today to discuss how we can meet your medical product manufacturing needs with affordable, high quality nonwovens.