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It’s Time to Switch to Medical-Grade Masks – Here’s Why

Face masks have kept us safe through the last two years, but with Covid’s Omicron variant spreading rapidly worldwide, you may need a face mask upgrade.

Wearing a mask creates a physical barrier that intercepts and stops droplets from spreading further into the air surrounding them as they usually would. A medical mask also works to protect any germs from your body spreading to other individuals and reduces hand-to-face contact.

According to health experts, the evidence is clear that masks help prevent the spread of COVID-19, and with more people wearing masks, the better. For example, a study in a Boston hospital showed that a mask-wearing policy dramatically reduced the transmission of Covid-19. The proportion of symptomatic healthcare workers who tested positive for the virus “steadily declined”.

Face masks that incorporate medical textiles through antibacterial and hypoallergenic fabric promote numerous health benefits. These properties further assist in killing microorganisms and germs that could bring on harmful illnesses and diseases. At Biomed, we manufacture and produce medical-grade masks with such antibacterial properties that provide outstanding comfort and eliminate the spread of germs, irritations and allergens.

 

What is the best face mask I can wear?

The best choice for a face covering is a medical mask, particularly one that utilises market-leading fabric facilities.

Buyers should keep in mind that some fabric face masks on the market are only decorative or aesthetic. In contrast to other face coverings such as a one-layer homemade mask or a bandanna, medical masks are more effective at blocking germs from spreading into your body through your nose and mouth whilst also blocking any germs from transmitting to other people.

While any mask is preferable to none, masks with exhalation valves should be avoided at all costs. Since the valves make the mask less effective in preventing the transmission of infectious particles to other people. Exhalation valve masks protect the user okay, but they do not prevent the wearer from spreading germs to others.

Here at Biomed, we are a leading manufacturer of medical-grade healthcare fabric products in Australia. We proudly hold one of the best medical grade textile ranges for reusable masks. With over 25 years of extensive experience and access to state-of-the-art technology, we like to ensure that our fabrics are of superior quality, antibacterial, breathable, latex-free, allergen-free, durable, and stretchy to provide maximum comfort and reliability for all uses.

Our textile manufacturing facility produces highly tested and engineered medical masks for all ages. We offer five different medical masks that are both reusable and that each provides for different usages;

  • Bioshield-05
  • 5-layer face mask
  • 7-layer face mask
  • Antibacterial face mask
  • 3-layer face mask

 

Why is Medical Grade Fabric Manufacturing Important?

All face masks aren’t all made equal, with different products offering varying levels of protection. So, how do you choose a face mask and what factors influence its effectiveness?

According to a recent study, the fabric manufacturing quality of a mask impacts how well the face-covering filters out pollutants. For example, a triple-layer medical mask with a heavyweight cotton layer and a lighter cotton or silk layer proved to be the most effective design in the study.

Healthcare fabrics sometimes referred to as healthcare textiles or biomedical textiles, are a form of technical fabric that prioritises functionality over aesthetics. A medical mask is a disposable, rectangular-shaped, loose-fitting mask. Elastic bands or ties can be wrapped behind your ears or tied behind your head to keep the surgical mask in place. A metal strip on the top of the medical mask may be squeezed to fit the mask over your nose.

Even minor variations in healthcare fabrics can have a significant impact on health. As a result, to ensure successful treatments of patients, all medical facilities require the use of high-quality face masks manufactured with healthcare fabrics.

So, when purchasing a medical mask, pay attention to the fabric since filtering capacity varies widely depending on the type of cloth used, ranging from 5% to 80%. Large-particle pathogens are less likely to spread via drips, sprays, splatters, and splashes when a three-ply medical mask is worn correctly.

 

How do I clean my reusable medical mask?

Your reusable medical masks should be washed every day, especially if you currently have a cold, flu symptoms, or hay fever. Ensure that you check how many times your face masks can be washed. Each reusable mask can only be cleaned a certain amount of times before being disposed of and moved to a new reusable mask.

Depending on the type of reusable face mask you own, each has different cleaning requirements. If you have purchased a mask from another manufacturer, it is recommended to research and find out what cleaning methods they recommend. The cleaning methods for Biomed’s reusable face masks range are outlined below.

 

  • 3-layer, 5-layer and 7-layer reusable masks

Ensure that you do not intensely rub the mask when cleaning your 3-layer, 5-layer, and 7-layer reusable masks, as this can cause the n-PTFE to fracture. Instead, spray the front and back of the mask with 75% alcohol and leave the alcohol on for an interval of 15 minutes. Wash the mask by hand, or if you choose to wash it in the washing machine, place the masks in a laundry net for protection and use an antimicrobial washing detergent. Be sure to dry the mask in a shaded area, avoiding contact with sunlight.

 

  • Bioshield-05 and antibacterial masks

To clean your Bioshield-05 and antibacterial reusable masks, you must boil enough water to cover the entire face mask. Immerse the whole mask into the boiling water and leave it to sit for 3 minutes. The water will be very hot during this process, so be careful that you do not come into contact with the water as you may burn yourself. Remove the mask from the water once it has cooled down. Once it has been cleaned, leave the mask to air dry.

 

Stay Safe with BioMed

Our medical-grade materials are only one example of Biomed’s high-quality work. At Biomed, our mission as a professional fabric manufacturing company is to create high-quality medical masks healthcare fabrics and produce superior fabric manufacturing, which is why we ensure that our business operations always align with our ISO 9001 certification for quality management.

As respectable CPAP mask manufacturers, our dedication to strict Australian medical fabric manufacturing standards demonstrates our products’ reliability and commitment to providing our customers superior products that offer a high level of comfort by minimising skin irritations, alongside antibacterial and hypoallergenic properties for safety and comfort.

By preventing germs and bacteria, the life of medical textiles  – such as CPAP masks, CPAP Chin Straps, Back Support Braces and many more CPAP Accessories – can be prolonged. The build-up of bacteria and germs can cause fabrics not of a medical-grade to deteriorate over time and become unsanitary and uncomfortable to wear.

At Biomed, we have a longstanding partnership with ResMed CPAP Supplies to supply medical textiles for their products, which have offered superior patient comfort for decades. To find out more information on our full range of CPAP Accessories, Face Masks and other Medical Fabrics, please contact our team of Biomed medical fabrics and materials experts on (02) 9758 3855.

10 Places You Should Wear a Face Mask in Australia

If community transmission increases in your state or territory, face mask recommendations will alter. So, it’s critical to keep up with the latest medical sanctions in your region, provided by your state or territory government. Although even when community transmissions are low, you should still consider wearing a face mask in the following locations.

In What Situations Should I Wear a Face Mask?

Face masks help limit the spread of germs, as when someone speaks, coughs, or sneezes, small droplets might be released into the air, infecting others. When someone is unwell, wearing a face mask helps minimise the quantity of germs they discharge and protect others from becoming ill. A face mask also shields the wearer’s nose and mouth from bodily fluid spills or sprays.

In general, if you are in an area with one of the following characteristics, you should wear a face mask to protect yourself and others.

  • Face masks should be worn in crowded situations where you can’t stay at least 1 metre away from other people.
  • Face masks should be worn in spaces without ventilation and in rooms with poor or unknown ventilation. Although it is not always easy to determine the rate of air recirculation or availability of fresh outdoor air, so if you are not sure, it is safest to put on your face mask.
  • If you cannot keep physical distancing from others in outdoor public settings, you must wear a fitting face mask.
  • When in an indoor section of non-residential property, you must wear a fitting face mask.

Above all, people who feel sick should always wear a face mask when around others, as the face mask will help protect others from catching that illness. For more specific information, the following ten places are the most common examples of locations where these characteristics are prevalent, requiring all inhabitants to wear a face mask.

1. Public Transport

Both staff and customers must wear a face mask when using and waiting for public transportation. This includes buses, light rails, railway stations, ferry docks, rental vehicles, taxis, and rideshare services.

2. Supermarkets and Shopping Malls

Both staff and customers who visit retail and business premises that sell goods or services to members of the public are required to wear face masks at all times. This includes shopping centres, post offices, bank branches, spas, tattoo parlours, massage parlours, betting agencies, hairdressers, nail, beauty, tanning, and waxing salons.

3. In All Common Indoor Areas of Residential Premises

Anyone who walks through strata complexes, community buildings, and apartment common areas must wear a face mask at all times.

4. Workplaces

All individuals who work in indoor workplaces must wear a face mask; this includes construction sites. Specifically includes workers of hospitality venues and other places where staff deals directly with members of the public.

5. Residential Aged Care Facilities

Face masks are unnecessary for residents at an elderly care home, but face masks are essential for all visitors and employees.

6. Schools

All staff and students from Year 7 and above are advised to wear face masks while on school premises.

7. Controlled COVID-19 Safe Outdoor Gatherings

8. Indoor & Outdoor Recreation Facilities

All staff and participants of gym classes, dance classes and other exercise classes must wear a face mask at all times unless it is strenuous excise that does not require a face mask. All staff and customers at major recreation facilities such as stadiums, showgrounds, theme parks, racecourses and motor racing tracks are required to wear a face mask at all times. All staff and members at religious services held at public worship sites must wear a face mask at all times.

9. Entertainment Facilities

All staff and customers at entertainment facilities such as theatres, cinemas, music and concert halls are required to wear a face mask at all times.

10. Airports and Commercial Domestic Flights

Airports and all commercial and domestic flights around Australia are subject to face mask regulations. When at an airport, including the passenger waiting area, and when a domestic or commercial flight is landing or taking off from an NSW airport or flying in NSW air, you must wear a face mask.

When flight crew members and airport personnel are not engaging directly with passengers or aboard an aircraft with no passengers on board, they may remove their face masks.

All airport workers must also wear a face mask when dealing with the public, including engineers, technical staff, cleaners, luggage handlers, individuals delivering or removing food and other goods connected with an aircraft, airline employees, law enforcement, and border security personnel.

What is the Best Type of Face Mask to Wear?

In general, the best option for a face covering is a medical mask. Medical masks – produced by marketing leading fabric manufacturing facilities – provide a physical barrier to block germs coming into your body through your mouth and nose while also preventing any germs from spreading from your body to others.

While any face mask is better than no mask, masks with exhalation valves, in particular, should be avoided if possible because they are far less effective in limiting the spread of potentially infected particles. While face masks with exhalation valves protect the wearer well, they do not stop the wearer from transmitting germs to other people.

At Biomed, we proudly hold one of Australia’s best medical grade healthcare fabrics for reusable face masks. Our fabric manufacturing facilities produce complex and sensitive fabric combinations which have anti-bacterial properties. Biomed’s medical mask designs provide maximum comfort and versatility, perfect for any age to wear happily. Our highly tested and engineered medical masks provide maximum comfort and versatility, perfect for any age to wear comfortably.

Our fabric manufacturing facilities can produce various medical masks fabrics in multiple sizes, layers and specifications. Biomed can assist any customer with custom designs such as logos. We offer five reusable medical masks which suit different price ranges and different usages;

  • Bioshield-05
  • 5-layer face mask
  • 7-layer face mask
  • Anti-bacterial face mask
  • 3-layer face mask 

Stay Safe with BioMed

At Biomed, our mission as professional fabric manufacturers is to create high-quality medical masks, healthcare fabrics and produce superior fabric manufacturing, which is why we ensure that our business operations always align with our ISO 9001 certification for quality management.

Our dedication to strict Australian fabric manufacturing standards demonstrates the reliability of our products and our commitment to providing our customers with superior products that offer a high level of comfort through the minimisation of skin irritations, alongside anti-bacterial and hypoallergenic properties for safety and comfort.

Through the prevention of germs and bacteria, the life of medical products – such as CPAP masksCPAP Chin StrapsBack Support Braces and many more CPAP Accessories – can be prolonged. As the build-up of bacteria and germs can cause fabrics that are not of a medical-grade, to deteriorate over time and become unsanitary and uncomfortable to wear.

At Biomed, we have a longstanding partnership with ResMed CPAP Supplies to supply medical grade healthcare fabrics for their products, which have offered superior patient comfort for decades. To find out more information on our full range of CPAP Accessories, CPAP Chin Straps Face Masks, and Medical-Grade Healthcare Fabrics, please contact our team of Biomed medical fabrics and materials experts on (02) 9758 3855.

Medical fabric and its uses?

Medical fabric is now one of the fastest growing sectors in the textile market place, and can be applied to a range of industry sectors, even outside the medical sector.

These medical fabric applications, are designed to provide not only a healthy product for people that may suffer from allergies, but are also designed with comfort in mind. The most common use of medical fabric is used in CPAP masks, CPAP headgears and CPAP Chin Restraints for patients that suffer from Sleep Apnea.

Medical fabric is highly tested and engineered to follow strict standards, and are also Allergen Free & Latex Free, and have Antibacterial properties.

Medical Fabric comes in a variety of colours, sizes, densities and patterns all of which can be customised to suit various applications for a wide range of market sectors.

You may also see Medical Fabric in the following products or applications:

  • Helmets used in The Defence force
  • Sporting Goods – Protective equipment
  • Medical bandage or supportive strapping
  • Safety equipment
  • Exercise Equipment
  • Airlines or travel equipment

The advantages of medical fabric are vast and not only provide a healthy advantage, they also provide a more durable and comfortable product to a wide range of applications. For example, if, a sportsman can stay out in the field longer, whilst maintaining optimal comfort, then it increases their performance levels and greater opportunities for success.

Or, if a soldier is out on the battle field, where the environment is quite severe, and their protective equipment is manufactured from medical fabric, this encourages greater comfort levels, which ultimately enables them to perform to the best in their surrounding environment.

So how does Medical Fabric Work?

Medical fabrics include properties which help destroy and spread germs or microorganisms which lead to harmful diseases and illnesses. This is often referred to as Antibacterial and as a result, Antibacterial fabric is also referred to as medical fabric.

Additionally, medical fabrics which are latex free, are designed for people who may suffer from allergies or skin irritations. Latex free medical fabric allows the fabric to breathe easier, hence providing the person more comfort.

Textile companies who manufacture medical fabric, are seeing the benefits to not only the medical sector but also many other markets as well, as people are now demanding these products to either give them an edge in their respective markets, as it provides them with additional comfort and health advantages.

Additionally, Biomed is a leading Medical Fabric Supplier to Resmed for their CPAP Headgear, CPAP Chin Restraints and other CPAP Accessories. All Biomed medical fabric products meet the strict Australian and business standards, which are committed to maintaining their ISO 9001 certification for quality management, of their products. This demonstrates the quality and reliability of their products to not only provide customer comfort but also reliability and reassurance to customers who use their medical fabric products on a daily-basis.

Biomed is a leading medical fabric manufacturing company, who has been providing superior medical fabric products to patients for decades as well as many other market industry sectors. For more information on our full range medical fabric applications, please do not hesitate to contact the professional Biomed team on (02) 9758 3855.

How to reduce snoring with a chin strap

It is possible to reduce your snoring, and as this might give much needed comfort to those around us that may benefit from you getting a good night sleep, the market is flooded with anti-snoring products, which may all seem great. So how do you know which Chin Strap is the right one for you?

Firstly, you need to understand that a Chin Strap is usually made of fabric and it wraps around the head and cradles the jaw, in-order to keep the patients’ mouth closed during sleep. This reduces snoring considerably.

Although Chin Straps are not a total solution to stop snoring or sleep apnea, statistics show that more than 80% of people are open mouth snorers. So, if you are a Nose Snorer then a chin strap may not be the ideal choice for you as, by design, it primarily works best for Open Mouth Snorers. However, should you require a chin strap to help reduce your snoring, then you may wish to consider the following points:

  • Ask for Resmed Chinstraps, as they use the Biomed patented technology and provide the most comfort for patients
  • Determine how you sleep throughout the night, as an Anti-Snoring Chin Strap, must incorporate high quality Anti-Bacterial Fabric, which is comfortable in design, but also allows the patient to move freely without irritating the skin
  • Use a Medical Grade Fabric, which is strong enough to support the jaw, without being restrictive in feel

By using a Chin Strap to reduce snoring, you may also incur head-aches, as a result from the chin strap being too tight, so be sure to choose a quality Chin Strap that is well suited to your face.

At Biomed we understand the importance of providing comfortable Chin Straps to reduce snoring, and quality latex free chin straps, which are not harmful to patients’ skin.

At Biomed we are a medical fabric manufacturing company, who manufactures durable, lightweight and stretchy hypoallergenic fabrics which are used to manufacture CPAP chin straps, ensuring maximum comfort and reliability for patients. Biomed has a longstanding partnership with ResMed to supply latex free Chin straps and headgear, which has been providing superior patient comfort for decades. For more information on our full range of CPAP medical fabrics or other technical textiles, please do not hesitate to contact the professional Biomed team on (02) 9758 3855.

Why you should use latex free CPAP fabric in your Mask

It is not easy at the best of times to get a sound night sleep, whilst sleeping with a CPAP Mask. However, in-order to minimise discomfort and to also stay free from any skin irritations, patients should use Latex Free CPAP Mask Fabric. Being a major supplier of Chin Straps for Sleep Apnea to ResMed for more than 30 years, Biomed are a leading textile manufacturing company, best known for creating high-quality CPAP masks with our patented medical grade fabrics. Biomed holds a patent for quality, high grade Latex Free Fabric, which is used in all CPAP mask applications.

What are the benefits of using Latex Free CPAP Fabric?

The most common benefits of using a Latex Free Fabric, would be in its ability to mould with your face, whilst sleeping on a pillow. The soft fabric allows patients to move freely, without worrying about having hard plastic pushing against their skin during the night.

With its soft-sponge like feel, the CPAP fabric also ensures the mask fits firmly against the patients face, whilst allowing the CPAP mask to expand and contract when the patient moves whilst asleep. By doing so, the CPAP Fabric encourages a firm seal thus reducing any leaks.

By using Latex Free Fabric in your CPAP Mask, will ensure skin irritation is reduced to a minimum, however there are many different types of medical grade CPAP fabrics, which can provide patient improvements in their comfort levels. Some of which include, Brushed Velvet Fabric, Brushed Lycra Fabric, Spandex Net Fabric and Anti-Bacterial Fabric just to name a few. To see the wide range of Latex Free Fabric, we use in our CPAP mask material click here.

Biomed understands the absolute requirement in providing quality latex free fabrics, for use in CPAP mask manufacturing. Research also shows, the majority of patients are side sleepers and as a consequence, require a latex free CPAP strap which is light-weight and takes up less surface area on their face. Resmed provide quality CPAP masks for side sleepers, that use the patented Biomed technology.

Biomed is a leading medical fabric manufacturing company, who has a longstanding partnership with ResMed to supply latex free CPAP straps and headgear, which has been providing superior patient comfort for decades. For more information on our full range of CPAP medical fabrics or other technical textiles, please do not hesitate to contact the professional Biomed team on (02) 9758 3855.

How Often Should You Replace Your CPAP Mask?

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy is considered to be one of the most effective treatment methods for patients who suffer from sleep apnea. It involves the use of pressurised air that aims to avoid blocked passageways and facilitate more comfortable breathing during sleep.

CPAP masks are a crucial component of any CPAP treatment for individuals who suffer from sleep apnea. Available in a vast range of sizes and variations, CPAP masks are responsible for delivering the pressurised air directly to the passageways. However, individuals may be unaware of the fact that CPAP masks require regular maintenance in order to ensure their effectiveness. Like any other regularly used product, these CPAP supplies can wear out over time and failing to maintain the product can potentially hinder treatment.

The lifespan of your CPAP mask is heavily dependent on a variety of factors. First and foremost, there are a variety of masks available on the market. From full face masks, nasal pillow masks and nasal masks, each CPAP mask is used in a slightly different way. For example, the nasal pillow mask, which is more intricate and makes direct contact with your face and nose every night and requires frequent replacement for hygienic reasons. It is suggested that this type of mask is replaced once or twice per month. Meanwhile, full face masks have less contact direct contact with the face and are not required to be replaced so often. Generally, this type of mask is replaced on a quarterly basis or as needed.

Although the specific type of mask can determine the frequency replacement, other factors also should be considered. Regular maintenance and cleaning of these masks is imperative for hygienic reasons and to also ensure the functionality of the device. However, excessive cleaning with harsh chemicals can also wear out your CPAP mask earlier than expected, therefore impeding the effectiveness of treatment. Frequent cleaning of your CPAP accessories is recommended, however harsh cleaning products with strong chemicals should be avoided to maintain the longevity of your CPAP mask. It is advised to clean your mask regularly with warm water and mild soap as opposed to regular cleaning products that could potentially be damaging to your accessories.

Furthermore, CPAP masks can vary in quality amongst suppliers. At Biomed, we are a leading medical fabric engineering company best known for manufacturing CPAP supplies for ResMed. Our superior quality patented medical grade and allergen-free technical textiles are used in the creation of CPAP masks. All of our fabrics are breathable, hypoallergenic and latex free to maximise comfort and hygiene as well as minimise allergies and irritation which is commonly experienced by CPAP sufferers. As a result, our high-quality fabrics contribute to the longevity and durability of various CPAP supplies to constantly maintain effective treatment.

Biomed is a leading medical textile company with a longstanding supplier partnership with ResMed. We are responsible for supplying our superior quality technical textiles in order to manufacture various CPAP accessories in which we have achieved an A grade supplier score. For more information on our patented medical grade fabric at Biomed, or ways in which you can maintain your CPAP supplies, please do not hesitate to contact our friendly team on (02) 9758 3855.

Top Tips for CPAP Therapy During Summer

Summer is fast approaching, and what can already be an uncomfortable slumber for sleep apnea sufferers, can potentially become even more unbearable as the humidity rises.  In fact, a 2012 MedScape article discovered that roughly 50% of individuals who have been prescribed CPAP therapy are either not interested or terminate their CPAP treatment, with comfort cited as one of the most common concerns. At Biomed, we are a leading medical manufacturing company, best known for creating high-quality CPAP masks with our patented medical grade fabrics for ResMed. With extensive experience in developing superior CPAP supplies, here are our top tips to stay comfortable and maintain your CPAP masks this summer season!

CPAP masks play a vital role in sleep apnea treatment. It is responsible for delivering pressurised air to the passageways in order to prevent blockages and encourage a restful sleep. However, during the warmer months silicone CPAP masks can often trap heat around your face, making you feel sweaty and uncomfortable which ultimately impacts the quality of sleep.

However, not only will perspiration make you feel uncomfortable when you’re trying to rest, but excessive heat can also hinder the effectiveness of the CPAP accessories. For example, wearing a silicone mask during the warmer months may increase the amount of oils that your skin secretes in that area. Build-up of this oil can impact the quality of the CPAP mask and become a breeding ground for a bacteria, which is further exacerbated by the warm and humid conditions. Evidently, consistent wear of a bacteria-filled mask can expose you to a range of illnesses that can really dampen the summertime spirit. Some patients even experience symptoms of skin irritation and breakouts around the mask area as a result of increased humidity, perspiration and excessive release of the skin’s oils.

Luckily, these issues can be easily managed to improve a patient’s quality of sleep in the warm weather. First and foremost, CPAP masks and other accessories should be carefully washed on a regular basis to maximise effectiveness and minimise the build-up of bacteria. To do so, gently wash the mask by hand with warm water and soap. Harsh cleaning products filled with chemical should be avoided where possible as it can potentially damage the CPAP mask or result in harmful residue. The mask should be left to air dry on a flat surface to keep its shape and direct sunlight should also be avoided.

Furthermore, at Biomed, we supply high quality, antibacterial and medical grade fabrics which are used in the construction of CPAP masks and other CPAP supplies. Our allergen free, latex free and antibacterial materials that are used in the construction of CPAP masks help to minimise the occurrence of skin related issues and other summertime allergies commonly cited by sleep apnea sufferers. Our fabrics are also comfortable and breathable to maximise overall comfort for the wearer. We’re dedicated to providing solutions that ensure patients get the most out of their CPAP therapy, regardless of the season.

As a leading medical fabric manufacturing company, we are dedicated to providing superior technical textiles and medical grade fabrics that are valuable for a vast range of industries. Our team has a longstanding partnership with ResMed to supply medical textiles with hypoallergenic properties in order to create superior quality CPAP masks that maximise patient comfort. Our fabric range also has the potential to provide exceptional benefits beyond the medical industry and we can create tailored solutions that meet specific requirements. For more information on CPAP manufacturing, medical fabrics or other technical textiles, please do not hesitate to contact the professional Biomed team on (02) 9758 3855.

How Jeans Can Help Create Cartilage For Joint Reconstructions

As a leading fabric engineering company specialising in technical textiles for the medical field and beyond, Biomed is dedicated to providing up to date, industry-relevant news and advancements. Most recently, scientists at Deakin University in Melbourne have developed an innovative textile recycling method that not only tackles textile waste but may contribute to the development of artificial cartilage for joint reconstructions. It’s breakthroughs such as these which are revolutionising medical fabrics and technical textiles within the fabric manufacturing industry.

What are medical textiles?

Medical textiles are various forms of fabric which have been designed and produced for use within the medical industry. Such medical grade fabrics have a variety of applications and are currently used to create linen, upholstery, curtains and more. In fact, at Biomed, we are well known for using hypoallergenic, medical grade textiles to create CPAP accessories and supplies. However, a 2010 study also noted that medical textiles provide immense benefit for implantable applications, which has gained significant traction in recent years.

Innovative Medical Textile Advancements 

In August 2018 it was revealed by a News Corp publication that researchers at Deakin University from Deakin’s Institute of Frontier Materials (IFM) and the School of Engineering, discovered a way to transform worn out jeans to create artificial cartilage for worn out knees and other joint reconstructions. Their research determined a way to dissolve denim to create a lightweight aerogel substance that can be utilised to create cartilage, necessary for the repair of damaged joints.

In fact, this revolution can be highly beneficial to the medical industry with some reports stating that knee or hip replacement surgery in Australia has risen up to 60% over the last 10 years. It is also predicted that as a result of Australia’s aging population and the prevalence of obesity that these joint replacement surgeries will only become even more popular and necessary in the future. As a result, medical grade textiles, such as those developed by Deakin University researchers will become more important for orthopaedic use.

Before manufacturing medical textiles for implantable use, it is imperative to ensure the structure mimics the bodies natural biomechanics, resulting in an optimal transition from the natural damaged tissue to a foreign object. In this instance, Deakin’s material had strong similarities to natural cartilage, making it a viable option for joint replacements. It is also essential that medical grade textiles used in the manufacture of cartilage and other implantable devices are biocompatible to ensure patients have safe interaction with the material.

As a medical fabric manufacturing company, we are dedicated to staying up to date with industry advancements and innovative ideas. To learn about the variety of potential applications of hypoallergenic and antibacterial medical textiles, please do not hesitate to contact the professional Biomed team on (02) 9758 3855.

Source: Deakin University

Medical Fabrics That Work as Hard as You Do

Did you know that trillions of germs live in your body helping to digest food or even fight harmful bacteria that can lead to infections? You may also be surprised to know that a 2014 study found that 22% of hospitals had a positive reading for the MRSA virus, 33% of hospitals have a positive reading for the VRE virus and 57% of contaminated objects within hospitals were transferred to human hands.

However, the medical environment is not the only place riddled with germs that can potentially make us sick. Researchers have discovered that aeroplanes, kitchen sinks and even the workplace are breeding grounds for dangerous germs. With advancements in the medical grade fabric manufacturing business, many industries can benefit from medical textiles and antibacterial fabrics to prevent the spread of germs in the workplace. As a leading medical fabric engineering company, we believe hospitals, airlines, household products and more can all benefit from medical grade fabrics that work as hard as they do.

Antibacterial Fabrics in Healthcare Settings

Antibacterial fabrics (also referred to as antimicrobial fabrics) are technical textiles that aim to destroy or prevent the growth of microorganisms, particularly those that can result in harmful diseases and illness. Evidently, in healthcare environments, such fabrics help play a crucial role in preventing the further spread of disease to patients with generally already low immune systems.

In fact, without the presence of medical grade healthcare fabrics with antibacterial properties, many objects would be ridden with germs and therefore increase the chance of contamination. For medical industries, this has serious implications. For example, fabrics that are contaminated with harmful germs have to be replaced more frequently in comparison to medical textiles with antimicrobial features, therefore being quite costly to industry and potentially putting patients at risk.

While antibacterial and hypoallergenic fabrics are ever-present in healthcare setting, one application of medical grade, antimicrobial vinyl is in the creation of waiting room chairs and beds. Vinyl is an excellent choice of healthcare fabric to avoid the spread of illness as not only does it continuously work to fight germs, it is also highly durable, prevents lingering odours and is easy to clean and maintain.

Medical Grade Fabrics for Airlines

A study by the World Health Organisation (WHO) found that in 2006, over 2 billion passengers boarded an aircraft and the confined space for a lengthy period of time potentially contributed to the spread of various diseases. In fact, the study noted that the main source of infection is the result of being in close proximity to an infected individual and the continuous circulated air in aircraft cabins which contribute to the spread of airborne illness. Furthermore, WHO’s study also noted that pathogens and germs can remain on board the aircraft and contaminate common surfaces even after passenger departure.

While cleaning agents and disinfectants help to remove germs, it is important to be aware that many materials used onboard aircrafts are susceptible to damage. In fact, WHO’s report notes metals which are used in aircraft construction can corrode upon exposure, cables and wires can deteriorate and furnishings may not uphold their fire resistance properties. In order to combat these potentially hazardous issues and maintain a hygienic environment, medical grade technical fabrics provide immense benefit.

In fact, some airlines such as China Airlines have implemented medical grade air filters to remove allergens from the air and help protect passengers from contracting harmful diseases. However, just as the medical industry implements antibacterial healthcare fabric into their linen, curtains and other common surfaces, the airline industry could utilise such technical textiles to prevent contamination, minimise costs associated with replacements and potentially reduce the harm to equipment that is associated with the frequent exposure to disinfectant products.

As a leading medical fabric manufacturing company with a long-standing partnership providing germ-free, medical grade and antibacterial fabrics to produce CPAP supplies for Resmed, Biomed has a thorough understanding on the importance of technical textiles to suit a variety of purposes. For more information on how medical grade fabrics can help fight the spread of germs in your industry or to see how our team could help you manufacture medical grade products, please do not hesitate to contact the professional Biomed team on (02) 9758 3855.

All You Need to Know About Sleep Apnea Masks & Accessories

According to Snore Australia, it is believed that in Australia 9% of women and 25% of men in suffer from clinically significant sleep apnea. This condition occurs when the airways are repeatedly blocked during sleep leading to loud snoring, restless nights, excessive fatigue and can even increase the likelihood of other medical conditions including obesity, cardiovascular disease or mortality.

In order to effectively manage sleep apnea and improve the quality for life for sufferers, CPAP therapy is commonly prescribed. Consisting of pressurised CPAP machines and various CPAP accessories including masks, custom headgear and chin straps for sleep apnea, patients can easily be overwhelmed with the options available to them. Not to mention, there are a variety of CPAP masks available on the market designed to suit individual needs and preferences. As a leading CPAP manufacturer and supplier creating high quality sleep apnea masks and accessories with superior medical grade fabrics, we’re breaking down various CPAP supplies in order to help patients choose the most suitable options for them.

Full Face Masks

As the name suggests, full face sleep apnea masks cover both the nose and mouth to fully support breathing throughout the night. The mask is fixated in place with high-quality headgear made from medical textiles and hypoallergenic fabrics in order to ensure maximum comfort and stability for the wearer throughout the entire night. Without the conjunctive use of headgear accessories, these masks can potentially be displaced throughout the night and therefore limit the effectiveness of therapy.

Full face masks are highly beneficial and are generally recommended for sleep apnea sufferers who rely on breathing through their mouth. Other CPAP therapy options are largely focused on supplying air through the nasal passage and can, therefore, be extremely uncomfortable for individuals who breathe through their mouth during their sleep. Full face CPAP masks are also ideal for allergy sufferers who experience a frequently blocked nose or have sinus issues.

Additionally, full face masks are also beneficial for those who suffer from dry mouth. As CPAP therapy relies on humidified air, patients can actually experience relief of such symptoms, as the air keeps both the nasal and mouth passageways moist, preventing blockages and maximising comfort. Masks are also made from technical textiles with hypoallergenic properties to ensure allergies are not aggravated or induced during wear. These masks are also said to be the most effective for patients who require higher pressure settings.

However, patients also need to consider the potential limitations associated with various CPAP accessories in order to choose the most suitable for them. Due to the larger surface area, air leaks can potentially be more common, particularly if the mask is ill-fitted. As a result of this, some individuals may experience dry eyes if the humidified air leaks at the top of their masks. Full face masks for sleep apnea can also be uncomfortable for individuals who sleep on their stomach or side due to the bulkiness of the equipment. This can also be a downfall for those who like to read or watch TV as they’re settling for bed. 

Nasal Masks

Another popular CPAP mask is the nasal mask, which purely covers the nose from the bridge to the patient’s upper lip area. Similarly to the full face masks, nasal masks are also secured in place with headgear accessories to ensure the mask does move during sleep, therefore maximising results.

Nasal masks have proven to be an effective option for patients who typically move around frequently in their sleep. As the accessories associated with nasal masks are not as bulky as their full face counterparts, patients may find they can move around more freely in their sleep. Additionally, there are many different fits and sizes available with nasal CPAP masks which ensures a more comfortable and individualised fit, increasing comfort and minimising the risk of air leaks.

While the above features make nasal masks a popular CPAP therapy option, the treatment may not be suitable for patients who rely on breathing through their mouth without wearing an additional chin restraint to secure the mouth closed. For some people, this may be uncomfortable and unnatural, therefore making other forms of therapy more ideal. Other considerations that need to be contemplated include the presence of allergies. Sinus blockages can interfere with the pressure delivery and therefore results may be diminished.

Furthermore, patients who suffer medical conditions such as a deviated septum, narrowed or collapsed nasal valve or enlarged turbinates may also not experience the full potential of CPAP therapy through the use of nasal masks.

Nasal Pillow Masks

For a more lightweight and less intrusive option, nasal pillow masks provide maximum comfort and ease of use in comparison to full face or nasal CPAP mask options. Nasal pillow masks work by resting at the entrance of the nasal passageway to deliver pressurised air directly into the nose to facilitate breathing.

Nasal pillow masks are a suitable option for patients who frequently move around in their sleep as they are not restricted by bulky accessories and materials. Nasal pillow masks are also do not feature intricate headgear, yet are secured in place with a single strap, potentially providing unprecedented comfort for patients who might be claustrophobic or intimated by the facial materials. The simplified design also makes nasal pillow masks an ideal option for patients with facial hair, those who wear glasses and individuals who like to unwind before bed by watching television or reading a book. Additionally, nasal marks also have a limited chance of air leakage in comparison to other options, as a result of the direct airflow to the nose.

However, while nasal pillows provide exceptional comfort, they are not ideal for individuals who require higher doses of pressure. If the pressure is increased with the wear of nasal pillow masks, comfort can actually be decreased, as the direct airflow can seem unnatural and unfamiliar. The direct air pressure may also result in higher occurrences of nosebleeds or dryness in the nose for some patients. Nasal pillow masks may also not be the most ideal option for patients who are not used to breathing out their nose. However, chin-straps may be used in addition to the nasal pillow for individuals who generally breathe through their mouth.

While there are many options available to sleep apnea sufferers that are aimed to address different concerns, patients should try a variety of different masks in order to find the one that is most suited to them. Facial features, preferences and treatment suitability all need to be factored in to find the most ideal mask for the patient that maximises CPAP therapy results.

As a leading medical fabric manufacturing company, we are dedicated to providing superior technical textiles and medical grade fabrics that are valuable for a vast range of industries. Our team has a longstanding partnership with Resmed to supply medical textiles with hypoallergenic properties in order to create superior quality CPAP masks that maximises patient comfort. Our fabric range also has the potential to provide exceptional benefits beyond the medical industry and we can create tailored solutions that meet specific requirements. For more information on CPAP manufacturing, medical fabrics or other technical textiles, please do not hesitate to contact the professional Biomed team on (02) 9758 3855.