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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Dartex doesn’t have all the answers but we are striving forward and have launched new ranges of fabrics that will help in fighting the spread of HAIs. All Dartex support surfaces offered for this care need to have the following features that help improve infection control.
Our support surfaces for infection control are reliably waterproof; this will prevent fluid ingress and contamination of the composites. Dartex has exacting test methods to measure water penetration and work to a minimum specification standard. Our support surfaces also have the benefit of weldable seams which will also 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 composite.
Dartex support surfaces can be easily cleaned and will withstand the rigours of hospital cleaning and disinfection. All fabrics developed for this specific care need can also all be wiped clean, this means that effective cleaning can be carried out very quickly; after wipe-cleaning, the surface is disinfected, surface dry and ready to be used again. This creates a clean environment which improves infection control and can help reduce the spread of hospital associated infections (HAIs). If required the support surface will also withstand cleaning by autoclave.
It is essential that the support surfaces is strong and will resist abrasion in order to maintain a durable barrier to fluids and bacteria/viruses even with heavy usage.
Furthermore the support surface should not compromise comfort or patient care. Dartex offers products across our ranges that offer 2 and 4 way-stretch which enables the fabric surface to work effectively with the composite to provide support with optimal distribution of pressure. This has advantages in terms of patience comfort as well as pressure relief. All Dartex fabrics also offer a degree of moisture vapour permeability to ensure that the surface remains dry and comfortable to the touch.
Dartex has developed two collections- Endurance and Resilience that specifically offer increased durability and resistance to cleaning chemicals.
For further information on these ranges, please see our products or contact us in person.
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