New developments in functional medical textiles and their mechanism of action
J.V. Edwards, ARS-USDAUSA
S.C. Goheen, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA
Functional medical textiles are undergoing a revolution in structural design. Medical textiles as non-implantables, implantables and extracorporeals are playing central roles in healthcare improvements enhancing and prolonging the quality of life. Developments in the design of materials that function at the biological–material interface address material biocompatibility and bioactive function. A deeper understanding of the physiological, biochemical and biophysical milieus of biomaterials is being achieved in critical areas like wound healing, implant biocompatibility, ...