The growth of medical nonwoven disposables market is expected to be steady in the future. The durability of nonwoven fabrics that helps minimizing wastage directly makes them cost-effective. This is a key factor behind the rising adoption of nonwoven materials for medical disposables.
Nonwoven fabrics, may be for medical or any other use are engineered fabrics that are web structures held together by entangling fiber or filaments. Further, structurally, they are flat porous sheets that are made directly from molten plastic, separate fibers, or plastic film. The manufacture of nonwoven fabrics does not involve weaving or knitting, and does not require converting fibers into yarn.
Nonwoven fabrics vary in terms of the life of their use. They may have limited life, may be for single-use, or be extremely durable for a long life. Featuring a number of properties such as liquid repellency, stretch, bacterial barriers, and softness nonwoven fabrics are often used to create fabrics for specific applications.
Lastly, nonwoven fabrics can mimic the appearance, strength, and texture of a woven fabric. They can be as heavy as the thickest paddings.
Use of Nonwoven Medical Disposables help maintain Sterilization requirement in Hospital Environments
Nonwoven medical disposables generally refer to products that are used in medical institutions such as hospitals and clinics and are disposed after use. Major nonwoven medical disposable products include face masks, surgical gowns, surgical caps, bouffant caps, and isolation gowns.
Nonwoven medical disposables have a host of advantages. First and foremost, medical disposables are used in the medical sector to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. The use of nonwoven medical disposables help save patients and doctors from contracting microbes of infectious diseases.
Nonwoven medical disposables help maintain hygiene and desired cleanliness in hospital environments. Nonwoven medical disposables help attain desired sterilization, which is an important element of hospital management. Nonwoven fabrics used for nonwoven medical disposables help maintain the sterility of medical devices and instruments.
Last but not the least, nonwoven disposable medical products have lesser risk of post-procedural infection.
With exceptional Physical Properties, Spunbound-meltblown-spunbound Nonwoven fabrics gain edge
Nonwoven fabrics such as spunbond-meltblown-spunbound has exceptional qualities. The use of this material has substantially reduced the proportion of resterilisation required for packaged instruments. The decline observed in the proportion of resterilisation due to the use of nonwoven fabrics is sharp and sustained over time, despite the change in the number of procedures.
Further, as nonwoven fabrics are not laundered prior to use, they retain maximum strength until they are used for medical disposables. This helps medical disposables made of nonwoven fabrics to have a longer shelf life, which could be as high as three months.
The nonwoven medical disposable market witnesses the presence of several small and big players. These players have a presence in both global and regional markets. This makes the nonwoven medical disposable market display a fragmented vendor landscape. Some key companies operating in the global medical nonwoven disposables market are Mölnlycke Health Care, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Ahlstrom – Munksjö, Asahi Kasei Corporation, Essity AB, Medline Industries Inc., Paul Hartmann AG, Medtronic plc, Freudenberg & Co. KG, and Domtar Corporation.
Today, nonwoven fabrics are among the most versatile materials available. Nonwoven fabrics are dynamic, adding more value to traditional materials. Using nonwoven technology, fabrics display several characteristics that other materials are unable to match.