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    The Importance of Antimicrobial Fabric in Post Surgery Apparel

    The Importance of Antimicrobial Fabric in Post Surgery Apparel

    Surgery Preparation

     

    It is completely normal for any patient to be a little nervous and scared before a surgery — and their concerns will likely lead them to bombard their surgical teams with questions. How many times has the surgeon performed this procedure? What are the risks? Where did the surgeon go to medical school? All these queries serve to put the patient’s mind at ease as they seek to ensure a good outcome.  

    A surgeon’s skill and experience is, however, far from the only factor that determines the surgical outcome and the risk of complications after a surgery. Aftercare matters a great deal, too, and a large portion of that lies squarely in the patient’s hands. That is why it is so important for patients to understand how vital post surgery and medical apparel is, and how antimicrobial fabrics can reduce their risk of complications.

     

    Why is post surgery apparel so vital in protecting patient health?

     

     

    Wound infection, in which bacteria, fungi, and other pathogens invade the incision site, is one possible complication after surgery — and unfortunately, health care or hospital acquired infections are far from uncommon. Deep vein thrombosis, a potentially-fatal clot in a large vein, represents another very real threat after surgery. In both cases, the post surgery apparel a patient chooses to wear can go a very long way toward preventing these detrimental outcomes. It takes time to find post surgery apparel that meets all your needs, however, and that is why it is so crucial for patients to be proactive and to prepare by investing in the appropriate gear well before the surgery, wherever that is possible.

     

    Post surgical garments may make a patient’s life both easier and safer in a multitude of different ways. Specific post surgical clothing items are designed to meet patient needs after numerous different types of operations. Conveniently placed zippers on medical garments designed to be worn after surgery may, for instance, allow patients to get dressed much more easily while they are still healing and in pain, without causing additional friction. Compression garments are essential in reducing the risk of deep vein thrombosis, as well as facilitating proper wound healing.

    Holes and zippers that are deliberately placed but invisible to casual observers allow for easy access to IV lines and drainage bags, whether a patient is recovering after a mastectomy, a tummy tuck, a hernia operation, or any other surgery. For patients with ongoing medical conditions, such as those relying on dialysis, or diabetics with frequent boils, carbuncles, and diabetic nail infections, all of which tend to fester and are extremely hard to treat, similar medical garments or diabetes shirts can play an equally important role in maintaining their health.

     

    How can antimicrobial fabrics benefit your health?

     

    The design of post surgery apparel is one of the most important factors to help patients recover from a surgery with a greatly reduced risk of complications, but it is not the only variable that matters. In recent years, antimicrobial fabrics have — thanks to recent scientific advances — also risen in popularity.

    These antimicrobial textiles have been engineered with the needs of already vulnerable, and often immunocompromised, patients, in mind, by inhibiting the proliferation of countless harmful microorganisms that pose a significant threat to patient health. When your post surgery apparel is not only designed to meet your unique needs as you recover from your operation, but the protection of your health is also, quite literally, woven into the fabric of the garments itself, you can feel a lot safer.

    Antimicrobial textiles have to meet some very specific demands before they can safely be worn by people recovering from surgery as well as patients with chronic medical conditions. The properties of antimicrobial fabrics should render them safe for use in close proximity with surgical incisions or skin lesions. The fabric has to be free of allergens that could bring their own set of challenges, and must offer consistent antimicrobial action that protects the wearer from contamination with bacteria, fungi, mold, and mildew, for example. These goals can be achieved either with the help of metal ions that possess antimicrobial properties, or through naturally occurring antimicrobial materials, such as tea tree or honey. The best modern antimicrobial fabrics are now designed to maintain their pathogen fighting properties even through numerous rounds of laundry, making it possible for both patients recovering from surgery and patients with chronic conditions to benefit from functional antimicrobial post surgery garments, medical grade apparel, or diabetes shirts as long as they require them.
    Dialysis Patient

     

    Although antimicrobial fabrics have been in use in health care settings for a significant amount of time already, in surgical drapes, scrubs, and hospital gowns, and bedding, these protective textiles are now increasingly accessible to the consumer market. Fabrics treated with antimicrobial finishes include, but are not limited to, the same polyester and vinyl that are already common in post surgery apparel.

    With the help of top-quality antimicrobial treatments, such as those Ultra-Fresh provides, patients can now benefit from both the comfort specially designed medical garments offer, and the antimicrobial protection that will greatly reduce their risk of infection and help maintain sanitary conditions.

    In addition, patients who wear medical garments, post surgical apparel, or diabetes shirts treated with an antimicrobial finish can rest assured that their medical clothing will help prevent bacteria fueled odors, stay fresher for longer, and remain stain free even in the presence of sensitive, open, skin, whether caused by a surgical incision or a variety of painful diabetes-related skin conditions.

    Final Thoughts

    Patients who choose to wear diabetes shirts and other medical garments finished with Ultra-Fresh can find peace of mind during a difficult time, knowing that this antimicrobial finish is registered with the US Environmental Protection Agency, compliant with European BPR (Biocidal Product Regulation) standards, as well as listed by Oeko-Tex — meaning that Ultra-Fresh complies with industry standards both in terms of patient safety and environmental sustainability.

    When your post surgery apparel, and medical garments such as diabetes shirts, are manufactured with antimicrobial fabric, you as a patient know that you are doing everything you can to help prevent one of the biggest threats to your health — infections. Combined with extraordinarily practical tailoring, these garments may both save your life and make it much more comfortable.