World leaders in technical support surfaces for pressure injury prevention
You will have different requirements of your support surface depending on the end-use. Here we can help you find the right fabric for your specific product, from the most comprehensive range of medical support surfaces available in the world.
Dartex has developed medical support surfaces for each unique care need. From pressure area care, to patient transfer and infection control. We have comprehensive ranges of fabrics for use in hospital, care homes and independent living. Here we can propose the right solution for your care need.
We offer two distinct fabric ranges; Dartex Classic and Dartex Advanced Technologies, which provide specialist properties depending on the medical needs of the patient. Find out more about the right choice for your application using the navigation links on the right.
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Dartex is an international business, with transfer coating and transfer laminating manufacturing facilities on both sides of the Atlantic. We produce the highest quality fabrics for the world-wide healthcare market. All our fabrics are expertly engineered to be used in a variety of patient support surfaces.
Dartex Coatings Ltd.
Nottingham, NG10 1FZ
Phone: +44 (0)115 983 7676
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Expectant mothers and new born babies are at particular risk of hospital associated infections (HAI).
Dartex support surfaces are designed to help in infection control. All Dartex medical support surfaces are reliably waterproof which can prevent fluid ingress and contamination of the composites. Combined with the additional benefit of weldable seams, this will act as a barrier to fluid ingress and contamination. This not only has a benefit in terms of patient safety but will also prolong the life of the mattress.
The Dartex range of fabrics designed for maternity beds and incubators can all be wiped clean and will withstand the rigours of hospital cleaning and disinfection. This means that effective cleaning can be carried out very quickly. After wipe-cleaning the cover, the surface is disinfected, surface dry and ready to be used again. This creates a clean working environment and reduces the spread of hospital associated infections (HAIs). If required the support surface will also withstand cleaning by autoclave.
Stretch support surfaces are also an important factor in improving the patient’s comfort as well as working together with the mattress to provide support and even distribution of pressure. The support surface should also offer a degree of moisture vapour permeability to ensure that the surface remains dry and comfortable to the touch.
Finally it is essential that the support surface is strong and will resist abrasion in order to maintain a durable barrier to fluids and bacteria/viruses even with heavy usage.
Tissue Viability Society 2012 Annual Conference
A comparative Study of Microclimate in Mattresses, EPUAP September 2012