A review of hollow fibers in application-based learning: from textiles to medical

Tin Wai Cheung, Li Li

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Abstract

Hollow fibers are highly valued in the textile industry. Their physical properties and other superior characteristics make them a crucial material for innovations in textiles in the medical field, where they could provide solutions to therapeutic challenges. The inner lumen of hollow fibers has potential for use in medical and healthcare devices. For example, hollow fibers could be used to deliver drugs to a target site, enhance blood purification, promote cell cultures, and enable drug screening. The use of hollow fibers could have beneficial effects for medical and therapeutic performance; a market for hollow fiber-based medical clothing is anticipated for promotion of an efficient, long-term, and convenient commercial medical therapy. This review discusses the development of medical textiles and describes the use of hollow fibers in different medical contexts, as well as the benefits of their use and their potential industrial applications in medical textiles and clothing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)237-253
Number of pages17
JournalTextile Research Journal
Volume89
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Nov 2017

Keywords

  • capabilities and limitations
  • future trends of textiles
  • hollow fibers
  • medical textiles
  • potential applications
  • production
  • therapeutic and healthcare functions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Polymers and Plastics

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