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About Biocompatible Fabric - The Future Of Medical Textiles?


Healthcare fabrics is one of the fastest growing segments of the medical textile industry. In fact, 2020 saw the global medical textiles market size valued at USD 24.70 billion, with forecasts predicting its continued expansion at a CAGR of 4.5% to 2028.


This staggering growth is owing to the increased need for better wound closure devices that feature faster healing times and lower incidences of failure and infection, compounded by a growing demand for better healthcare services and more efficient medical treatments.


The largest share of 2020’s global revenue came from the nonwoven segment with a 65% hold, and a prediction for the fastest growth in the forecast period. The non-implantable goods segment, meanwhile, is expected to register a revenue based CAGR of 4.4%, with demand driven by an increasing number of surgeries and subsequently a growing need to protect wounds and stitches from the external environment.


Newer approaches and innovations in surgical adhesives and sealants continue to grow, with both momentum and market share building.


Many of these developments – polymer-based nanofabrication, is one example – have sought to address the issues typically associated with traditional medical fabrics (such as their inability to prevent bacteria from accessing the wound site, which can lead to infection), while simultaneously providing additional clinical benefits. As the use of nanomaterials in biomedical applications gains widespread adoption, yearly market revenue is expected to increase. This will subsequently break down the primary barriers to take up – cost and scalability – as further research is conducted and development processes are streamlined.


Developments in biocompatibility


Polymeric nanomaterials, for example, have been researched extensively for a wide range of clinical applications, such as in drug delivery systems and tissue-engineering scaffolds, thanks to their biocompatibility and non-reactivity.


Biocompatibility challenges with medical fabrics


Biocompatible fabrics are important tools for the healthcare industry, used widely within diagnostics applications, wound care management, blood filters, and even implantable devices. To be deemed safe for use, these fabrics must pass all relevant biocompatibility tests and must be non-cytotoxic, non-hemolytic, non-pyrogenic, and show no sensitisation. Download this whitepaper to find out what goes into manufacturing biocompatible fabrics for the medical industry, including the complex washing and testing process.


According to Piotr Gasiorczyk business development manager at leading manufacturer of precision fabrics Sefar Inc: “Today, biocompatible medical fabric is mostly used for high-precision applications, such as heart surgery. Many of these product advancements come from unique applications or unique customer requests which allow for a wider range of use of medical fabrics.”


The use of biocompatible fabrics requires careful navigation of certain certification and regulations.


Its applications include implants, medical devices, blood filtration, security filters into infusion sets, and applications for cell growth.


In the coming years, there will be an ever-growing need for more biocompatible wound healing devices that promote robust patient recovery while preventing the need for expensive interventions to treat infections. Recent innovations will markedly improve the quality of surgical adhesives and sealants, which are important segments already capturing significant shares of the wound care market.