Revolutionary antimicrobial fabric
launched by Clinical Fabric Solutions UK
A ground-breaking development in
antimicrobial fabric has been launched which could
“revolutionise” the use of textiles in the healthcare and
The new product, called BioShield, uses a unique process of
incorporating pure silver within the fibres which makes the
Any fabrics treated with BioShield begin to kill bacteria on
contact, which means a greatly reduced risk of infection from
bacteria, fungi or viruses - something that could have a major
impact in healthcare and hospitality settings.
Gary Halpin, commercial director of UK-based Clinical Fabric
Solutions, which is developing a range of clothing using fabric
treated with the BioShield technology, says the invention is
“The technology is quite simply unique,” he says. “The key
development is using pure silver within the yarns of the fabric
itself, which ionises when dry - that means the ions within the
fabric are then lethal to bacteria and other microbes
permanently, even when dry.”
Silver is already used within antimicrobial fabrics but only
in the form of coatings, which are expensive, non-permanent and
have significant environmental concerns.
What the inventor of BioShield has done is produce fibres
with very small quantities of pure silver fully encapsulated
within the host polymer.
During initial development and testing, BioShield’s inventors
worked closely with Syntech Fibres Pvt. Ltd. of Karachi -
recognised as technically innovative and one of the best
businesses of its kind in Asia - and this relationship proved
invaluable in realising the effectiveness of BioShield.
The particles are added during the formulation of the base
material from which fibres are extruded. The fabric then feels
and behaves just like any other synthetic material, but is self-sanitising,
acting as a permanent barrier to bacteria and other microbes.
Mr Halpin says the impact of BioShield could be massive -
particularly in the healthcare and hospitality sectors.
“Using BioShield-treated fabrics to produce hospital bed
linen and staff uniforms could save healthcare and hotel
organisations significant sums of money,” he says.
The fabric lasts longer and only needs to be washed to remove
soiling, just as any other item of clothing or domestic linen,
therefore it lasts longer, reducing the need for replacement.
It would also be more environmentally-friendly than the
current practice of washing fabric used in clinical settings at
very high temperatures to remove infection risks.
The potential impact of replacing high volumes of uniforms
and linen with this type of treated fabric, which only needs to
be washed at low temperatures, is huge.
technology could genuinely revolutionise the way fabrics are
used in hospitals, care homes, and hotels across the world.
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