Exploring the use of warp knitted spacer fabric as a substitute for absorbent layer in advanced wound dressing

Shuk Fan Tong, Yiu Wan Yip, Kit Lun Yick, Marcus Chun Wah Yuen

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Abstract

Wound management has become more sophisticated as modern wound dressings now focus more on providing an optimal microclimate for wound healing. As a novel three-dimensional textile material, warp knitted spacer fabrics are versatile enough to meet special requirements when their parameters are changed. This paper reports on an experimental study on the required physical properties of warp knitted spacer fabrics which can be developed as an absorbent layer for advanced wound dressing. In this study, five wound dressings have been chosen which are especially used for ulcers and burns due to their good absorption of extrudes and cushioning effect. The physical properties of warp knitted spacer fabrics, including air permeability, thermal conductivity, water vapor permeability, absorbency and compression, are evaluated and compared with those of existing wound dressings. The results show that the air and water vapor permeabilities of warp knitted spacer fabrics are better than those of existing wound dressings. Also, the thermal conductivity of warp knitted spacer fabrics is competent enough to prove that spacer fabrics can also provide a good ventilated environment for wound healing. Their compressional resistance is as good as that of wound dressings and is even better than that of existing wound dressings. These indicate that warp knitted spacer fabrics can provide good protection as wound dressings, although its absorbency is only slightly better than some of the existing wound dressings, they are also good for wounds with no heavy extrudes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTextile Bioengineering and Informatics Symposium Proceedings 2014 - 7th Textile Bioengineering and Informatics Symposium, TBIS 2014, in conjunction with the 5th Asian Protective Clothing Conference, APCC 2014
PublisherBinary Information Press
Pages200-206
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014
Event7th Textile Bioengineering and Informatics Symposium, TBIS 2014, in conjunction with the 5th Asian Protective Clothing Conference, APCC 2014 - The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Duration: 6 Aug 20148 Aug 2014

Conference

Conference7th Textile Bioengineering and Informatics Symposium, TBIS 2014, in conjunction with the 5th Asian Protective Clothing Conference, APCC 2014
Country/TerritoryHong Kong
CityHong Kong
Period6/08/148/08/14

Keywords

  • Absorbent
  • Warp-knitted spacer fabrics
  • Wound dressing
  • Wound healing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Biomaterials

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