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Things You Should Consider When Choosing A Face Mask

Face masks have become a necessity for many people since the beginning of COVID-19, and they have been shown to protect people from both transmitting and contracting the virus. As face masks have become the new normal worldwide as the nature of the virus is evolving, there have been many advancements to the materials and technologies used when manufacturing face masks, with reusable face masks in Australia becoming increasingly popular. 

At Biomed, we manufacture and produce high-quality respiratory face and medical masks which utilise antibacterial and hypoallergenic materials, to suit everybody’s needs. We manufacture and produce various types of face masks that use different materials and fabrics, different layering options and fits, such as: 

  • The Bioshield 
  • 5-layer face mask 
  • 7-layer face mask
  • Antibacterial face mask 
  • 3-layer face mask 
  • Kids face masks 

If you are looking for a face mask that suits you, consider these tips:

How often will you use the face mask?

If you use your face masks regularly, a reusable face mask may be a beneficial option for you to consider. Reusable face masks utilise embedded silver fibres to destroy bacteria and microbial growth, to ensure they are 99 per cent anti-bacterial. Reusable face masks are a durable, efficient and cost-effective option if you are planning on wearing a face mask consistently. Reusable face masks in Australia are growing in popularity due to their versatility, ease and being both environmentally friendly and sustainable. 

Reusable face masks are simple to wash as they require to be submerged in boiling water for a minimum of 3 minutes and left to air dry. If you are looking for a face mask that will serve its purpose and is aesthetically pleasing, many reusable face masks have customisable patterns and colours to make them stand out from the crowd!

Disposable face masks are another option that utilises several different layer options and utilises different materials. Disposable masks can be washed a certain number of times depending on the make of the mask and can then be disposed of. Disposable face masks have a 0.075 filtering effect, are dustproof, and have PM2.5 protection. Layered face masks can be cleaned between uses by using a 75 per cent alcohol spray on the surfaces of the mask. 

How much protection do you need from your face mask?

A medical mask such as the antibacterial face mask and the BioShield face mask are options that would suit someone who may be immunocompromised and may need extra protection, or for someone who has regular contact with the public or who works in healthcare. 

Medical masks utilise medical-grade fabrics which are effective in stopping bacteria, pollen and dust, and are an effective option for reducing the spread and transmission of viruses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Medical masks use fabrics such as copper, wicking, lycra, eco-friendly nylon, and brushed lycra or velvet to achieve the results of stopping bacteria, pollen and dust inhalation. The variety of fabrics and materials used makes medical and health masks customisable, and available with various densities, sizes and colours. 

What are your desired needs when choosing your face mask? 

Certain face masks are better suited to people who wear glasses that need masks that are less likely to cause glasses to fog up, or with greater rates of breathability and utilise deodorisation. A medical mask with a metal strip at the top can be moulded to fit your nose and create your desired fit. 

Medical and health masks may be beneficial for people who have medical concerns, skin sensitivities or personal concerns. The materials used in these masks fight the spread of germs, whilst preventing allergic reactions. Our Biomed medical fabrics and materials experts can help you find the right face mask, medical mask or health mask for you, with the possibility to customise the fabric to suit individual requirements. 

Ensure the size and fit of the face mask are correct

The size and fit of a face mask are important in order for the mask to protect you effectively, as well as ensure that the mask is comfortable to wear for a substantial period. Face masks come in both children and adult sizes for females and males, with multiple different sizes ranging from XS to L in various types of masks. Our experts at Biomed can help you to determine which mask size would be the best fit for you.

Choose a face mask that suits you from BioMed!

When choosing a face mask for you, be sure to consider these tips to ensure you are choosing the correct mask for you and your desired needs. 

At Biomed, our mission as a professional fabric manufacturing company is to create and produce superior fabric manufacturing for high-quality face masks, medical and health masks, and reusable face masks in Australia. Therefore, we ensure our business operations always align with our ISO 9001 certification for quality management. 

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. 

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, various face masks and other medical fabrics, please contact our team of Biomed medical fabrics and materials experts by calling (02) 9758 3855.

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.

6 Common CPAP Mask Problems and How to Reduce the Discomforts

CPAP therapy which utilises a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine, is an excellent therapeutic option for people with sleep apnea who want to lessen the disorder’s most severe symptoms. But like all other treatments, there are adverse side effects, so how do you reduce these discomforts?

A CPAP machine works by delivering consistent and stable air pressure through a hose linked to a mask or nosepiece while you sleep. A leaky mask, difficulty settling asleep, a stuffy nose, and a dry mouth are all common CPAP issues.

According to current CPAP mask manufacturer studies, the CPAP compliance rate, which refers to the percentage of CPAP patients who use the mask for more than a few months, is only around 60%!

One reason for this low number is that many users find it difficult to sleep with a CPAP mask on their faces all night. However, there are simple solutions that might enhance you or your patients’ compliance rates!

As a leading CPAP manufacturing company, here are the top six most common CPAP problems we see most with patients and the most successful treatments to ensure the best nightly treatment results.

  1. Poorly Fitting CPAP Mask

Ensure you have a correctly fitting CPAP mask by working closely with your health care practitioner and CPAP mask manufacturer. Because everyone’s face is different, one person’s ideal mask style and size may not work for you.

It’s important to note that CPAP masks come in various styles and sizes, so do not be discouraged from trying a new style or medical textile if your current mask is uncomfortable. Full face masks, for example, cover your lips and nose and have straps that wrap across your forehead and cheeks. These may cause claustrophobia in some people, but they work well if you like to sleep breathing through your lips and provide a secure fit if you move around a lot while sleeping.

If you wear glasses or read while wearing a mask, nasal pillows that fit beneath your nose and straps may be a good option because they don’t impede your vision as much as full-face masks. But if you move around a lot in your sleep or sleep on your side, this mask type may not be for you.

To achieve the optimum fit, ask your doctor or CPAP manufacturing company to show you how to adjust your mask. Product instructions from the CPAP mask manufacturer might potentially show you how to achieve this, as a properly fitted mask should not be painful or unpleasant!

  1. Having Difficulty Getting Comfortable to Using a CPAP Mask

As a reputable CPAP mask manufacturer, we often suggest to clients that to begin, try sleeping with just the CPAP mask on for small amounts of time while awake, such as while watching TV. Then, when you’re awake, try wearing the mask and hose with the machine switched on during the day.

Start using the CPAP machine every time you sleep, even during naps, after you’ve become used to how it feels. Using the CPAP machine only once in a while may cause you to take longer to become used to it. Instead, stick with it for at least a few weeks to see if your mask and pressure are the correct fit for you.

  1. I Can’t Tolerate the Forced Air from the CPAP Mask

You might be able to get around this by utilising a machine that has a “ramp” function. This option allows you to begin with a low air pressure level. Then, as you fall asleep, the machine gradually and automatically raises the air pressure to the specified level, and your doctor can adjust the rate.

If this function doesn’t help, talk to your doctor or CPAP manufacturing company about switching to a machine that changes the pressure automatically and continuously while you sleep. A bi-level positive airway pressure (BPAP) machine, for example, gives greater pressure when you inhale and less pressure when you exhale (exhale).

  1. My Mask Causes My Nose to Get Stuffy or Dry

When exposed to the air flowing from the CPAP mask, some persons on CPAP therapy may develop nasal and sinus difficulties, such as a dry or congested nose. With most CPAP devices, a heated humidifier device is now integrated or available as an optional extra, which boosts the moisture levels in the air, helping to minimise, if not eliminate, dryness in your airways.

  1. Do You Get a Claustrophobic Feeling?

It’s probable that the first time you try the mask, especially when sleeping, you’ll feel strange or uneasy. Some new users of CPAP therapy may find this sensation disturbing, so try these tips.

While you’re awake, practise using your mask. Simply hold the mask to your face without the rest of the components, and try wearing the mask with the straps once you’ve become used to it.

Then, without using the straps, try wearing the mask with the connected hose on your face. Then, start the CPAP machine, maybe with the ramp option enabled. After that, do the same thing with the straps. Last but not least, sleep with the mask and machine on.

In addition, progressive muscular relaxation can also lessen your anxiety associated with CPAP use. For example, if you’re still feeling claustrophobic, try a different size mask or a new type, such as one with nose cushions, to see if it helps.

  1. Pressure Sores, A Leaking Mask, Or Skin Discomfort

A leaky or ill-fitting mask won’t give you the full amount of air pressure you need, and it might irritate your skin. Instead, air can be forced into your eyes through the mask, causing them to feel dry or teary.

To acquire a better fit, try adjusting the padding and straps. If the mask fits over your nose, ensure it doesn’t rest too high on the bridge, as it might cause air to enter your eyes.

If your weight has changed significantly, you may need to seek your CPAP manufacturing company to find a different size mask. Alternatively, try another type of mask, such as one with nose cushions. Tell your doctor right away if you experience skin degeneration or sores, such as on your nose.

The Key to Success is Sourcing from a Quality CPAP Mask Manufacturer!

Getting acclimated to a CPAP machine might be frustrating at first, but you must persist with it. Treatment is necessary to avoid obstructive sleep apnea issues such as heart problems and excessive daytime tiredness.

Our medical-grade materials are only one example of Biomed’s high-quality work. At Biomed, our mission as a professional CPAP manufacturing company is to create high-quality healthcare fabrics and produce superior medical fabrics, 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 masksCPAP Chin StrapsBack 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.

Reducing the Spread of Germs

With the current evolving Covid-19 pandemic, there is a particularly strong focus on reducing the spread of germs within the community, particularly through the use of face masks. Medical textiles with antibacterial and hypoallergenic properties are an important factor in the war against germs and the containment of viruses, infections and diseases such as Covid-19. Medical-grade fabrics are used in products such as healthcare masks, sleep apnea products including CPAP masks, surgical wear, dressings, bandages, artificial ligaments, nappies, back support braces, sporting ankle braces, sporting knee braces and much more.

What are Medical Textiles?

Medical textiles and antibacterial fabrics are designed to prevent the growth of potentially harmful microorganisms that may develop on face masks and CPAP masks. These fabrics are designed to stop the build up of germs resulting from the oils and acids naturally released by the skin.

If antibacterial fabrics were not used, these products could be susceptible to the formation of bacteria, viruses, mould and other harmful microorganisms, which present serious health risks, particularly to those using medical equipment. Medical textiles serve to eradicate these harmful microorganisms in these products and in effect, help to minimise the spread of germs within the community. With just one bacteria cell possessing the ability to magnify to more than one million bacteria cells in a period of only seven hours, bacteria can rapidly spread. This is why Medical textiles, such as the ones used in Face Masks and CPAP fabric, play an essential role in maintaining the health of our society.

For people who experience skin irritations and allergies, hypoallergenic and latex free CPAP fabric provides additional comfort, allowing users of CPAP masks to breath more easily. With a soft sponge-like feel, the CPAP mask is able to respond to the user’s movements through expansion and contraction, resulting in increased comfort. The softness and durability of the medical fabrics also aid in the prevention of skin irritations and allow products to be worn comfortably for longer, increasing their usefulness.

How does Biomed support the minimisation of illnesses within the community?

Biomed assists the community in maintaining wellness through the development of medical-grade fabrics that are used in the creation of medical equipment including healthcare masks and sleep apnea accessories such as CPAP masks and chin straps.

Biomed’s mission is to create high quality medical textiles, which is why we ensure that our business operations always align with our ISO 9001 certification for quality management. Our dedication to strict Australian 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 antibacterial and hypoallergenic properties. Through the prevention of germs and bacteria, the life of medical products such as CPAP masks can be prolonged, as the build up of bacteria and germs can cause fabric that is not of a medical-grade to deteriorate over time.

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

Medical Textiles Company

Medical Textiles and Medical Textile Manufacturing has had many advancements in recent years. Not only has the use of Medical Textiles seen significant innovations, it has also been utilised across a wide range of other textile markets including sporting textiles and more.

Medical Textile Applications, ensure people who suffer from allergies can rely upon these medical textile products for their health, whilst also providing superior comfort. Medical Textiles are most commonly used for patients who suffer from Sleep Apnea, with products that include CPAP Masks and CPAP Headgear products.

Medical Textiles are stringently tested and engineered to abide by Strict Australian Standards, and are also Allergen Free & Latex Free, and have Antibacterial properties.

Medical Textiles are available in a variety of colours, sizes, densities and patterns, and can be utilised in the following applications:

  • Mobility Aids
  • Clothing
  • Protective Equipment
  • Sporting Goods
  • Supportive Braces
  • Safety equipment
  • Pillows & Bedding

What are the Benefits of Medical Textiles?

Medical Textiles promote the destruction of germs and microorganisms which may lead to harmful diseases and illnesses. When we refer to Medical Textiles, it is understood that these Medical Textile Products, have Antibacterial Qualities.

Antibacterial Textile Products, are medical textiles which are also latex free and, also allow the fabric to breathe easier, hence providing the person more comfort.

Companies who Manufacture Medical Textiles, have seen a huge demand in their Medical Textile Products, as its uses are not just applied in the medical sector but also across a wide range of other markets. Brands that incorporate Medical Textile Materials into their products provide an edge over their competitors as they are enjoying seeing customers benefit from the tremendous health benefits Medical Textile Products provide.

Biomed is a leading Medical Textile Manufacture and has been designing and producing Medical Textile Products for Resmed, for use in their range of Sleep Apnea products.

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 Textile Company, who has been providing quality Medical Textile Products for decades as well as many other market industry sectors. For more information on our range of Medical Textile Applications, please do not hesitate to contact the 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.

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.

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