Classification of medical textiles
Medical textiles could possible be classified by fiber type or processing route. A classification based on function is more appropriate, classification by function emphasizes aspects and different textile structure, it also emphasizes that some application requires several functions, medical textiles are capable of meeting all requirements of medical application on their own, where medical textiles includes many products with a composite structures.
So it is possible to be classified as follow:
Textiles for implantation such as (sutures, vascular grafts , fabrics for heart valves and repair, artificial joints , fabric for hernia repair, surgical reinforcement , meshes fibrous bone plates .. etc)
Non-implantable materials such as (bandages, wound dressing, plasters….etc)
Health care and Hygiene products such as (bedding, protective clothing, surgical gowns, wipe, face masks.. etc
Textiles in extracorporeal devices such as( artificial liver, lung…etc
Today medical textiles are produced and sold within a strict form of regulation and legislation. Such control is essential to protect patients, medical practitioners and manufactures .