The unknown world of health fabrics – Harlem World Magazine
Watching medical dramas can be a suspenseful and thrilling experience, but have you ever wondered about the semantics of today’s healthcare industry?
While the dark-hued uniforms on screen have no meaning beyond a necessity for the plot, in reality, these same uniforms together are an essential part of the healthcare industry.
There are several prerequisites for using the fabric in a healthcare environment. The fabrics used have much needed antimicrobial properties as well as fire and stain resistance. They must also be moisture and vapor resistant to prevent microbial growth. All of these properties are just a few checklists of what makes a fabric suitable for the healthcare industry. However, there are other factors that influence this choice, the most important being the fabric market. Here are some factors that influence the medical fabrics market, subsequently impacting these decisions.
Impact of Covid-19:
Tissue quality plays an important role in influencing the medical tissue market. Medical fabrics are one of the fastest growing segments of medical textiles, largely due to the emergence of healthcare institutions in developing countries. The fabrics market is segmented on the basis of raw material, application, type of fabric and region. This basically means that an increased demand in any of these segments would influence the market. In this context, the emergence of Covid 19 supported the growth due to the increased demand for protective equipment, gowns, gloves, etc. However, at the same time, demands for vaccines, drugs, respiratory support equipment and other tools have created a major shift in the industry. Helping people with other diseases has become exceptionally important in these difficult times, which to a greater extent has a negative impact on the fabric market.
Increase in demand for hygiene products:
Hygiene products like baby diapers and sanitary napkins are the largest application for healthcare fabrics. Growing competition among major manufacturers has not only spurred product innovation, but also pushed the production of high-end, high-quality products. There has also been an increase in consumer awareness of hygiene products with increased demand for products with antibacterial and antifungal properties. There has also been an increase in development initiatives and policies around the use of sanitary napkins which have played a pivotal role in the increased use of hygiene products. As mentioned above, since hygiene products such as sanitary napkins and baby diapers are the largest application of healthcare fabrics, increased demand for these would also lead to demand for medical fabrics .
Role of the different segments:
Since medical fabrics are segmented on the basis of raw material, application, type of fabric, and region, it is only natural that influences from these segments impact the medical fabrics market. Due to an increase in demand for hygiene products, polypropylene has seen a surge in demand. In terms of fabric, non-woven fabrics have been in demand due to their excellent absorbency, softness, smoothness, comfort and cost-effectiveness. As stated before, hygiene products have the highest requirements in terms of application. Regionally, while Europe has been in the lead until now, Asia-Pacific is now emerging with many potential opportunities. All these factors when considered together can provide insight into the upcoming market trend and thus influence the Healthcare Tissue market.
At first glance, healthcare fabrics appear to have little or no importance beyond legal safety regulations. However, it is important to know that this factor plays a major role in the entire healthcare market and industry. With the growing awareness of environmental issues and the demand for greener initiatives, the healthcare industry is facing rapid changes, especially in the tissue segment. These upcoming changes and perspectives hold tremendous power to influence market trends and thus impact the entire healthcare industry.