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Textiles Preventing Skin Damage

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Authors:

  • Irzmańska Emilia
    Central Institute for Labour Protection - National Research Institute, Warsaw, Poland
  • Lipp-Symonowicz Barbara
    Department of Physics and Metrology of Textiles, Technical University of Łódź, Łódź, Poland
  • Kujawa Jolanta
    Clinic of Medical Rehabilitation, Medical University of Lodz, Łódź, Poland
  • Irzmański Robert
    Laboratory of Ergonomics and Excercise Physiology, Medical University of Lodz, Łódź, Poland

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Abstract:

The use of designed and created fabrics characteried by the specific placement of hydrophobic and hydrophilic fibres in their structure was tested, together with their various contact with the user’s skin (due to the fabric surface). The fabrics were used to manufacture a bed sheet of the type used in hospitals for chronically immobilised people, who are particularly prone to bedsore skin damage. Their preventative effect on bedsore skin damage was analysed with respect to the etiology of their beginnings, focusing on so-called internal and external factors. As for the external influences, (in the model system exposed), the effect of the bed sheet used on the stream of heat and humidity transport from the patient’s body outside was tested. As regards the internal conditions, blood flow disorders were tested in different areas of the patient’s body threatened with bedsore skin damage using the impendance plethysmography method.,

Tags: woven fabrics, hydrophobic fibres, hydrophilic fibres, hospital sheets, bedsore skin damages, heat transport, humidity transport, blood flow, impedance plethysmography method.

Citation: Irzmańska E. Lipp-Symonowicz B., Kujawa J., Irzmański R.; Textiles Preventing Skin Damage. FIBRES & TEXTILES in Eastern Europe 2010, Vol. 18, No. 2 (79) pp. 84-90.

Published in issue no 2 (79) / 2010, pages 84–90.

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