Preventing the Spread of Illness with Medical Masks

In the midst of the COVID-19 global pandemic, personal protective equipment such as medical masks, are at the forefront of conversation. Many people question what medical masks actually achieve and should they wear one?

If you are unsure about whether a medical mask will be beneficial for you, then it is best to seek the advice of a medical professional such as your doctor. However, to assist you in your decision, we have outlined the purpose of a medical mask both in general and in the COVID-19 battle below.

What do medical masks do?

A medical mask is designed to cover the mouth and nose, in order to prevent the spread of respiratory infections and bacteria within the community.

When should a medical mask be worn?

A medical mask should be worn by those who are experiencing symptoms that suggest a respiratory infection, such as coughing and sneezing. By wearing a medical mask, people who are feeling unwell can minimise the chances of spreading their illness to others. Medical masks are also beneficial for health professionals who are caring for those with respiratory infections. When deciding if wearing a medical mask is necessary, be sure to do research into the product or consult your doctor for professional advice.

Are masks effective against Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Research has shown that COVID-19 is spread through the community via particles in the air from coughing, sneezing and even speaking. It is highly contagious and is spread through close interaction with those who have contracted the virus. COVID-19 is also known to survive on surfaces for long periods of time, meaning that the virus can be transmitted through touching something that has been contaminated by someone with the illness. A medical mask can be worn by those infected with the disease to minimise the risk of contaminating surfaces and people. However, those that have been diagnosed with COVID-19 should remain in isolation until they have recovered.

Many people who have Coronavirus are asymptomatic, meaning that they do not experience any symptoms at all. People who eventually do develop symptoms can still spread the virus even before their symptoms arise. Therefore, it is possible to catch the virus from interacting with someone who appears to be well, but is a carrier of the virus. This is why it is recommended that medical masks are worn in public places where social distancing can be challenging, such as shopping centres. Wearing a medical mask in addition to maintaining social distancing, will reduce the chance of you spreading an illness that you may not be aware you have.

How to Wear a Medical Mask

Prior to putting on a medical mask, you should wash your hands thoroughly with water and soap. If you are unable to access soap and water, then you can use a hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Once your hands are clean, put the mask on your face so that it covers your mouth and nose. Secure the medical mask to your face by putting the elastic around your ears. The mask must have a snug fit around your face with no gaps.

Whilst wearing a medical mask, be careful not to touch the mask. If you touch the mask unintentionally, then you should wash your hands thoroughly. When you remove the mask, try not to touch the front of it and wash your hands immediately afterwards.

What are medical masks made from?

Biomed specialise in the production of medical grade fabrics and respiratory face masks in Australia. Our high quality medical masks have antibacterial properties, due to the use of specially designed medical grade fabrics. Our medical masks are designed to be worn for long periods and are highly breathable, making them comfortable to wear. Additionally, all of our face masks are durable and can be washed multiple times for reuse.

Biomed medical textile products meet the strict Australian and business standards, and are committed to maintaining their ISO 9001 certification for quality management of their products. The superior quality and resilience of the Biomed medical textile products, provide customer comfort and also provide assurances to customers who use their medical textile products on a daily-basis.

Biomed is a leading medical fabrics company, who has been providing quality medical textile products for decades as well as many other industry sectors. We understand the importance of robust and safe fabrics which ensure maximum comfort and reliability. For more information on our range of medical textile applications, please do not hesitate to contact the Biomed team on (02) 9758 3855.

Hypoallergenic Fabric Manufacturing Company

As a Fabric Manufacturer with decades in the industry, Biomed is at the forefront of Medical Textile development. There have been a number of important advancements in Medical Fabric Manufacturing in recent years. Hypoallergenic Fabrics and Antibacterial Fabrics are of particular note as they allow people who suffer from allergies and other ailments to trust their fabrics for greater comfort and to stop the spread and growth of microorganisms.

Because of these properties our fabrics are primarily used in medical and healthcare for products such as  CPAP Headgear & CPAP Chin Restraints, CPAP Masks and other CPAP Supplies. We supply Resmed with Antibacterial Fabrics for use in their industry leading CPAP & Sleep Apnea Equipment globally.

These products each require very specific fabric qualities. For example, an Anti-Snoring Chin Strap, must incorporate high quality Anti-Bacterial Fabric, which is comfortable to wear, but also allow free and easy movement without irritating the skin, and is also provide strong support without being restrictive.

However, as the benefits of Medical Grade Fabrics are discovered, their use across a wide range of textile markets beyond the medical industry has grown. Most notably for sporting applications and by military personnel, where bacteria present in sweat and body oils is prevalent and may pose a health risk.

As textile companies who Manufacture Medical Fabric are seeing a demand for their products outside of the medical sector, the breadth of applications has been further explored. For example the Fabric Manufacturing Companies can produce products like:

  • Mobility Aids
  • Clothing
  • Sports Wear
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Supportive Braces
  • Safety Equipment
  • Pillows and Bedding

Products that incorporate Medical Textiles are given an edge over their competitors as they see that customers are enjoying the numerous health benefits that Hypoallergenic Fabrics provide. Antibacterial and Hypoallergenic Fabric properties promote the destruction of germs and microorganisms which could lead to harmful diseases and illnesses. At Biomed we produce Medical Grade Fabrics which have Antibacterial properties, and are Allergen and Latex free for greater comfort along with a reduction in the spread of allergens, germs and irritations.

Biomed has a longstanding partnership with ResMed to supply Medical Grade Fabrics, which have been providing superior patient comfort for decades. For more information on our full range of Hypoallergenic Textiles, please do not hesitate to contact the professional Biomed team on (02) 9758 3855.

CPAP Manufacturing for Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea is a common but serious medical condition which interrupts the airways during sleep causing significant reduction in fresh air flow to vital organs. The condition occurs when the muscles in the throat become floppy and relaxed during sleep, which narrows the breathing passage and disrupts the access to oxygen. Sleep Apnea patients use their CPAP products daily and therefore require them to be highly comfortable and reliable. This is why the CPAP Company ResMed, develops their CPAP Masks, CPAP Headgear and Anti-Snoring Chin Straps using Biomed’s Medical Grade Fabrics.

CPAP Masks are a crucial component of CPAP treatment for individuals who suffer from Sleep Apnea. The use of masks during Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy is key to effectively treating sufferers of Sleep Apnea. CPAP Companies design masks to use pressurised air in order to avoid blocked passageways and ensure comfortable breathing during sleep. Additionally, some sufferers use CPAP Chin Straps to help improve the effectiveness of CPAP therapy as the CPAP Chin Strap wraps around the head and cradles the jaw. This is important as it keeps the patients’ mouth closed during sleep, reducing snoring considerably.

However, using CPAP Masks, CPAP Chin Straps and CPAP Accessories for long periods during sleep can often increase perspiration and the build up of oils in the skin, leading to the growth of bacteria. Some patients then experience symptoms like skin irritation and breakouts in the areas around the mask as a result. In order to prevent these issues and ensure maximum comfort when using CPAP products for long periods, CPAP Manufacturers implement high quality, Medical Grade Fabrics within the CPAP Chin Straps and CPAP Accessories.

At Biomed, our allergen free, latex free and antibacterial materials are used by CPAP Manufacturers to help to minimise the occurrence of skin related issues and other summertime allergies commonly cited by Sleep Apnea sufferers. We specialise in medical fabrics that are comfortable and breathable to maximise overall comfort for the hours of use during sleep.

Whilst developing medical fabrics for use by CPAP Companies we focus on durable, lightweight and stretchy Hypoallergenic Fabrics, ensuring maximum comfort and reliability for patients who require CPAP Masks and CPAP Chin Straps for Sleep Apnea. Biomed has a longstanding partnership with ResMed to supply Medical Grade Fabrics, which have been providing superior patient comfort for decades. For more information on our full range of Medical Grade Fabrics, please do not hesitate to contact the professional Biomed team on (02) 9758 3855.

Sports Fabric Manufacturer­

These days, it is becoming more widely adopted by professional sportspeople to wear sports clothing, which to some degree was more traditionally used for medical purposes. And this is not because they are only worried about their health, but more because of the tremendous health properties and benefits, that Sporting Fabrics now contain.

For example, the latest Sporting Fabrics now contain Nano Technologies which have a variety of health advantages, some of which include:

  • The ability to repel water
  • Contain Silver & Copper which help kill bacteria
  • Odor Resistent
  • Provide tremendous Insulation
  • Have Heat Trapping qualities

However, it’s not only professional sports people who are now adopting this kind of clothing technology, but everyday people who play sports, from school children through to adults, are now opting to wearing Nanotechnology Sporting Fabric, which can make them feel more comfortable, because of the special characteristics the Particles that Sports Fabric is made from.

From all the experience Sports Fabric Manufacturing Companies have achieved in the medical sector, it is no wonder why sports people have quickly reacted to utilising this special kind of Sporting Fabric in their sport of choice.

What are the Benefits of Sporting Fabrics?

  • 99% anti-bacterial
  • FIR reflection which promotes blood circulation and increased oxygen levels in the blood.
  • Prevention of premature fatigue
  • Improved regeneration
  • Lower lactic acid build up
  • Positively affect performance and wellbeing.
  • Lowers pulse rates during strenuous activity

The many advantages Sporting Fabrics provide athletes in achieving optimum performance, has encouraged Sporting Fabric Manufacturers to invest a tremendous amount of time and resources, to develop new products for an ever-growing number of consumers.

Some examples of products that use Sporting Fabrics

  • Sporting Knee Braces
  • Sporting Elbow Braces
  • Sporting Ankle Braces
  • Sporting Back Support Braces

These Sporting Support Brace products are used by athletes who require that extra amount of support to help reduce pain whilst playing sport, and it is imperative that the materials used by the Sports Fabric Manufacturer, have all the qualities to promote all the healthy aspects for extended use.

At Biomed we understand the importance of providing Superior Sporting Fabrics, which can be used in variety of sporting applications. And our Sporting Fabric Manufacturing facility, can cater for our clients’ requirements from design through to delivery.

At Biomed we are a Sports Fabric Manufacturing Company, who manufactures durable, lightweight and stretchy hypoallergenic fabrics, which are used to manufacture Sporting Support Braces & Sporting Compression Clothing, ensuring maximum comfort and reliability for sportspeople. Additionally, Biomed has a longstanding partnership with ResMed to supply Medical Fabrics which are used to manufacture CPAP Masks and Chin Restraints for patients that suffer from Sleep Apnea, which has been providing superior patient comfort for decades. For more information on our full range of Sporting Fabrics, please do not hesitate to contact the professional Biomed team on (02) 9758 3855.