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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Dynamic mattresses need a fabric with a variety of properties. They need to provide pressure care and support through increased stretch. Aid infection control through creating barriers to fluid ingress and providing an easy to clean surface that fits in with a hospitals tough demands.
They also need to be durable enough to withstand excessive usage as associated with the community care sector.
A static mattress is an important medical device which is widely used within the community care sector.
These mattresses need to reduce pressure for the patient, provide a manageable surface to be cleaned by the nurses or carers while being able to last under constant use, sometimes by differing patients 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 means that the ‘nasties’ are also kept out, assisting with infection control.
Positioning equipment is widely used in the community 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 providing the surface for these positioning aids.
Durable and wipe clean surfaces also assist the equipment can last without wearing out, and can be easily cleaned between uses.
Fabrics for mobility products such as wheelchairs have high demands put on them. Stretch provides equal pressure distribution, while durability means the fabric remains waterproof after excessive use. Lightfast qualities mean the products don't fade in the sun making them not only waterproof but weatherproof.
Seating is widely available in the community sector. These chairs provide an opportunity for bacteria and viruses to spread from users of the chair. Having a barrier to penetration from these bugs and a wipe cleanable surface severely reduces the bacteria's ability to spread. Also many patients spend a lot for their time in their chairs, and this increases the importance of a pressure relieving solution for their seating.
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 bacteria and infections.
Due to the qualities that Dartex coated fabrics offer, there are a wide range of other uses.
Durable, waterproof, fabrics that can be engineered to be lightfast, conductive with increased moisture vapour permeability means that they have a range of applications.
Dartex manufactures tailored solutions for your specific end-use
Dartex manufactures a comprehensive portfolio of support surfaces for your community care needs.
Dartex has a vast range of products for both dynamic and static mattresses. Our fabrics give you the protection you need to ensure that there is no fluid ingress in the mattress, whilst not compromising on comfort or pressure area care. All our fabrics can be easily laundered and wipe cleaned.
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 positioning aids and cushions, our fabrics offer exceptional softness and comfort combined with Dartex durability.
The 'Dartex Care' range of support surfaces has been specifically designed for the Community and Independent Living sectors. It's soft and yet reassuringly solid feel, make it ideal for mattresses, bedside and dayroom seating.