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MedTextra™ fabric system introduced

What's New? | December 10, 2013 | By:

St. Paul, Minn., company MedTextra has announced the MedTextra™ Fabric System offering a fabric that creates a balance between moisture, airflow and virus-scale filtration. The product maintains water-soluble actives on the surface of its fibers for extended periods; active coatings, such as quat antimicrobials, won’t dry out and stop working with this delivery system, which captures and holds moisture from the air. This makes it effective in capturing tiny airborne particles, killing viruses and bacteria on its surfaces, and keeping wounds moist.

The fabric is well suited for filters, such as in respiratory face masks, antiviral air filters, and scarves with dual use as antiviral masks; in medical applications, such as for wound dressings, surgical drapes and instrument tray liners; and in consumer applications, such as antiviral cleaning cloths.

According to the company, “Water-soluble actives such as therapeutics and antimicrobials stay fresh on MedTextra because new material cycles to the fiber surfaces and buries contaminants. This results in a longer life since its surfaces don’t ‘load-up’ with captured particles. The self-regulating ‘water battery’ holds actives in the matrix so they are not inhaled, keeps antimicrobials effective in dry environments and removes surface-water droplets before they plug the media.”

MedTextra is produced as woven or nonwoven fabrics using current production machinery and commercially produced fibers and ingredients. It is currently patent pending and available for license. Independent lab test results for air filtration performance and antimicrobial compatibility for several basis weights and compositions help reduce risks and speed design for licensees.

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