According to some reports, the protective clothing market in the medical field is expected to see continued growth.
According to Business Wire:
“The recent outbreak of COVID-19 has highlighted the crucial role played by medical protective clothing in ensuring the safety of health care workers, the patients they treat and the general public on a daily basis. Indeed, medical protective clothing and other items of personal protective equipment (PPE) are crucial to preventing the transmission of COVID-19 – a highly infectious disease that is spread by breathing in body fluids expelled from infected people as they cough, sneeze or speak.
“Global demand for medical protective clothing and PPE has surged to unprecedented levels and this has placed immense pressure on supply chains. One outcome is that nonwoven fabrics used in the manufacture of single-use protective items such as face masks and gowns are in exceptionally high demand.
“In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted several of the industry’s key players to innovate, and to boost supplies of fabrics used in the manufacture of medical protective clothing – including nonwovens. There has been a particular focus on the rapid development of antiviral finishes, and on the development of fabrics treated with such finishes for use in the manufacture of reusable medical protective clothing.
“This report provides a wealth of information on the market for medical protective clothing and the latest innovations in this sector.
“As Western countries attempted to stockpile PPE, their dependence on China for supplies was highlighted as a major concern.
“In an attempt to overcome this issue, a number of nonwovens manufacturers have focused on nearshoring and invested in new production facilities in order to serve domestic markets.
“Also, manufacturers of consumer products such as fashion apparel have responded to the call for medical protective clothing and PPE, and several have adapted their supply chains at an impressive speed in order to further boost supplies. Companies that have risen to the challenge include Burberry, Cone Denim, Fanatics, HanesBrands, Kontoor Brands, Nike and Prada.
“Looking to the future, attention is being turned to the development of products that are made from environmentally sustainable materials. This has been highlighted as an area of concern because most single-use products, such as face masks, are made from materials incorporating synthetic fibres derived from petroleum products rather than fibres derived from renewable sources. Furthermore, most synthetic fibres are not biodegradable.
“Meanwhile, demand for medical protective clothing and PPE will remain high for the duration of the pandemic. As yet, no effective treatment or vaccine for COVID-19 had been found and therefore medical protective clothing and PPE will continue to play a critical role in controlling the spread of the disease.
Key Topics Covered:
3. PURPOSES OF MEDICAL PROTECTIVE CLOTHING
4. TYPES OF MEDICAL PROTECTIVE CLOTHING
“Full body suits
“Accessories worn by health care workers
“Safety glasses and face shields
“Disposable plastic aprons
5. ESSENTIAL PROPERTIES OF MEDICAL PROTECTIVE CLOTHING
“Compatibility with other items of PPE
“Appropriate size and fit
“Ease of donning and removal
“Resistance to undesirable effects
“Resistance to linting
“Colours used for medical protective clothing
“Patterns used for medical protective clothing
6. MATERIALS USED IN THE MANUFACTURE OF MEDICAL PROTECTIVE CLOTHING
“Single-use medical protective clothing
“Impact of single-use medical protective clothing items on the environment
“Reusable medical protective clothing
7. MEDICAL PROTECTIVE CLOTHING AND THE PREVENTION OF CROSS-INFECTION
“Emergence of novel infections
“Health care associated infections (HCAIs)
“Potential of medical protective clothing to cause cross-infection
“Effect of laundering on the presence of microorganisms
8. STANDARDS FOR MEDICAL PROTECTIVE CLOTHING AND PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE) MARKET FOR MEDICAL PROTECTIVE CLOTHING
“Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on demand for personal protective equipment (PPE)
“Price increases and counterfeit products
“Key providers of medical protective apparel and materials used in the manufacture of medical protective apparel
“Challenges and opportunities
9. INNOVATIONS IN MATERIALS FOR MEDICAL PROTECTIVE CLOTHING
“Ahlstrom-Munksj: Extia Protect, TrustShield, and ViroSl fabrics
“Argar: AVirTex fabrics
“Ascend Performance Materials (Ascend): Acteev Protect
“Burlington: Isolite, Maxima, MaxPro and XALT fabrics
“Carrington Textiles (Carrington): antiviral and antibacterial fabrics for medical apparel and workwear
“DuPont: Tyvek 1222A fabric
“Milliken & Company (Milliken): Biosmart and Perimeter fabrics
“Suominen: Fibrella Shield
10 INNOVATIONS IN ANTIVIRAL FINISHES FOR MEDICAL PROTECTIVE CLOTHING
“HeiQ: HeiQ Viroblock NPJ03
“Proneem: Viral Stop
“Rudolf Group: RUCO-BAC AGP…”