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.
The knowledge bank is a resource for all our direct customers, end-users as well of course the health care community. We showcase our research, offer technical support including details of legislation and standards. We thought that a comprehensive glossary would also be useful. Look out for the community healthcare portal later this autumn.
Our latest blogs and updates here....
Our media centre is the hub for accessing our latest news & events, press releases, videos and much more. Look out for our podcasts coming soon.
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
Fax: +44 (0)115 973 6387
home > end use > acute
Click the hotspots on the diagram to find out more about the solutions we offer.
Dynamic mattresses require specialist fabric with an array of performance properties. They need to provide pressure care and support through increased stretch. Aid infection control by creating a barrier to fluid ingress whilst providing an easy to clean surface that meets the tough demands of the hospital environment.
They also need to be durable enough to withstand cleaning and disinfectants as associated with the acute care sector.
A static mattress is an important medical device which is widely used within the acute care sector.
Certain performance levels are expected from the medical support surfaces used in this type of mattress. They need to reduce pressure for the patient, provide a manageable surface to be cleaned by the nurses whilst being able to last patient after patient.
This is achieved through increased stretch, durability, and providing a wipe clean surface that can be cleaned and dried in minutes.
Cushions provide a stretch support surface which is important for pressure relief. They also need to be durable enough to withstand the patient’s weight consistently without falling apart or tearing. Keeping an intact barrier to fluid ingress is also critical in infection control.
Positioning equipment is widely used in the acute sector. Patients needing specific pressure relief for a certain body part or limb may need positioning equipment to reduce pressure on that area. This would not be possible without stretch fabrics that are an important component of the positioning composite.
Durable and wipe clean surfaces can be easily cleaned between uses whilst withstanding cleaning chemicals.
Babies and expectant mothers are amongst the most vulnerable patient groups and therefore require a support surface that helps protect them from HAIs whilst ensuring comfort and pressure relief. Easily cleaned and reliably waterproof support surfaces are therefore essential. FR performance may also require consideration.
Fabrics for mobility products such as wheelchairs have high demands. Stretch provides equal pressure distribution, while durability means the fabric remains waterproof after excessive use. Improved lightfastness also helps prevent UV fading.
Seating is available in every hospital all over the developed world. These chairs provide an opportunity for bacteria and viruses to spread from patient to patient. This causes problems such as healthcare associated infections (HAIs) which are bad news for hospitals. A barrier to penetration from these bugs and a wipe cleanable surface severely reduces the bacteria's ability to spread.
Patient handling equipment needs to be very strong and durable in order to take the strains of use without tearing. It also needs to stay waterproof so that it can be easily cleaned between uses and does not spread healthcare associated (HAIs) between patients.
Support surfaces are used in a range of medical equipment including operating tables, blood pressure cuffs, and scanners.
Certain surfaces need to be conductive to protect the equipment from static shocks. They also need to stay intact through excessive use and withstand cleaning ready for the next patientin order to lower the risk of healthcare associated infections (HAIs). Increased durability is therefore paramount. Certain devices also need to maintain pressure relief for their use.
Dartex coated fabrics are suitable for a wide range of other uses. Durable water-repellency, controlled stretch, FR performance combined with moisture vapour permeability allows versatility of application in other healthcare products.
Dartex manufactures tailored solutions for your specific end-use
Dartex manufactures a comprehensive portfolio of products tailored to exacting customer specifications as well as defined medical end use applications.
For the acute sectors whilst patient comfort and pressure care is of huge importance, there are of course other considerations for specific end-uses.
Medical support surfaces in operating theatres require conductive/anti-static fabrics to minimise accumulation of static.
Patient transfer applications including stretchers and hoists again have specific requirements; Dartex has developed products where the shear, or slip characteristics of the coated fabrics are altered in order to enhance patient transfer properties. This end-use requires a balance of patient comfort and anti-decubitus considerations.
For acute beds and hospital mattresses, infection control is of paramount importance. Dartex offers biostatic (anti-mycotic) coatings which provide an impenetrable barrier to virus and bacteria. Dartex fabrics are weldable, by either RF or US techniques. These seams are impermeable to air and water, minimising risks of infection.
Find out more about how Dartex has a specific product for your end-use by searching for your end-use on the hot-spot.