Today’s healthcare workers are faced with potential exposure to a growing number of increasingly dangerous pathogens and resulting infections on a daily basis. Globally, thousands of healthcare workers have lost their lives in the COVID-19 pandemic. Medical textiles play an important role in safeguarding our healthcare workers. Among available variants of medical textiles, surgical suits, gowns and reusable masks are experiencing phenomenal growth. Apart from absolute protection and comfort characteristics, wearers are also looking out for features such as durability, breathability, ease of laundering, and sterilisation, among others.
A company utilising the latest technology in medical textiles is Thermaissance. An India-based company, Thermaissance, specialises in creating anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal medical suits, PPE, and reusable face masks. A combination of the words, thermal and renaissance, Thermaissance means reinventing medical textiles. This is highlighted through its achievement on winning the ‘Top 50 Innovative Healthcare Companies in the World Award’ from the International Forum on Advancements in Healthcare (IFAH) last year. It has also been one of the winners of Economic Times Power of India in 2016, out of over 18,000 ideas, and its products are also recognised by the Government of India under its ‘AGNii Program’ and ‘Start-up India Program’.
The company’s technology has been shown to deactivate viruses, bacteria and fungi. Moreover, all the features have been proven through various tests conducted by U.S.-based ISO 17025 certified laboratories and India-based NABL Certified Laboratories. Some of the characteristics of their products include:
The company uses nanotechnology in its fabrics that inactivate various viruses, including Human Coronavirus. This has been confirmed through a laboratory testing conducted by USA-based A2LA ISO 17025 certified laboratory through ISO 18184 test standard for determining the anti-viral activity of the fabrics.
Kills bacteria and fungi
Thermaissance technology successfully kills 99.99 per cent of gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria as confirmed by laboratory testing conducted by NABL laboratory in India. The technology is also bio-burden effective. The kill rate remains at 99 per cent for more than 60 commercial washes, equivalent to over 150 gentle washes, one of the highest in the industry today.
Thermaissance’s smart fabrics are breathable and provide comfort to the wearer. For masks, gowns, PPE and scrubs, they use fabrics that remain cooler during the day. For patient clothing like Dialysis suits, Chemo suits, Ortho suits, and ICU suits, they use the fabrics that react with the environment and adjusts resistance accordingly, thus helping maintain the necessary temperature in colder treatment rooms.
100% safe to use
Products do not contain any harmful substances or any banned chemicals and are extremely safe to use.
No special handling is needed. It can be either hand-washed or machine washed, and anti-bacterial efficacy can continue for 60 commercial washes (~150 gentle washes). Products are also autoclavable.
Thermaissance products have passed flammability testing and have been categorized as Class I fabrics for use in healthcare settings.
Thermaissance has US-FDA registration and is currently supplying its innovative products to over 12 countries, including to USA, Canada, Belgium, Germany, Bahrain, UAE, and Kuwait.