The recent outbreak of COVID-19 has highlighted the crucial role played by medical protective clothing in ensuring the safety of health care workers, their patients and the general community.

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is crucial to preventing the transmission of infectious diseases and the pandemic has prompted several of the industry’s key players to innovate. There has been a particular focus on the rapid development of antiviral fabrics, and on the development of fabrics with sustainable and environmentally-friendly fibres.

Leading the Development of Antimicrobial Fabric

The recent outbreak of COVID-19 has highlighted the crucial role played by medical protective clothing in ensuring the safety of health care workers, their patients and the general community.

 

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is crucial to preventing the transmission of infectious diseases and the pandemic has prompted several of the industry’s key players to innovate. There has been a particular focus on the rapid development of antiviral fabrics, and on the development of fabrics with sustainable and environmentally-friendly fibres.

 

HealthTextiles, a leading innovative manufacturer that combines the latest technologies with heritage craftsmanship for world-class production of PPE, is at the forefront of the development of such fabrics with its patented TorTex fabric.

HealthTextiles is the first in the world to develop TorTex fabrics, with its unique patented design and antimicrobial properties scientifically proven to prevent 99.9% of virus and bacteria and reduce the risk of infection by 20x compared to standard PPE fabrics.

 

TorTex Advantages

Antiviral Fabric

Prevent 99.9% of H1N1 virus & Staphylococcus aureus bacteria verified by SGS

Stronger Protection

Reduces the risk of H1N1 infection by20x compared to standard fabrics

Sustainable Alternative

Made from optimal level of sustainable and biodegradable natural fibres, TorTex helps lower the impact of single-use medical protective clothing items on the environment.

 

Environmentally Friendly

TorTex organic antimicrobial capability is without coatings such as silver / nano silver. By avoiding silver, TorTex helps reduce the risks of antibiotic resistance and environmental pollution. TorTex does not release any harmful substances that have been verified by Hohenstein.

 

Some Results Achieved By Our Partners

Using TorTex fabric, healthcare providers are able to significantly reduce the risk of healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs) among nurses, doctors and their patients.

 

Reduce the risk of HCAIs by 20x

Decrease chance of cross-infection between patient and healthcare worker

Low chance of contamination from PPE when adjusted or removed by staff

 

HealthTextiles: revolutionizing the health care uniform sector with anti-bacterial, sustainable and comfortable clothing made of TorTex.

HealthTextiles: creates clothes and uniforms for the health-care sector with anti-bacterial properties, made from the revolutionary material TorTex. Our clothes are comfortable to wear throughout your shift, are good for the environment, and keep you protected from bacteria exposure on the job. .

What makes Tortex so unique?
Tortex is an optimal blend of several fibers that together have undergone a complex technological process with the results of fabrics with anti-bacterial, sustainable and comfortable properties.  We are the first in the world to develop Tortex-based fabrics, and we are convinced that there is no softer, more comfortable fabric at an affordable price that can offer so much to the health care sector.

Who should wear the products?
Health Textiles has made a clothing line with Tortex designed specifically for the needs of those who work in hospitals, health clinics, and nursing homes. Whenever a job involves frequent contact with sick patients, the risk for contamination can be high. In these situations, ordinary uniforms made of cotton and polyester are not optimal, both from an anti-bacterial and environmental perspective.

Why do we need anti-bacterial clothes in the the health care sector?
Resistant bacteria is one of the biggest threats to humanity according to WHO.
In Sweden alone, health associated infections from bacteria exposure in hospitals cost  6-7 billion SEK annually (according to Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions)  .
Nine percent  of all patients become infected by health associated infections during their  hospital stays  in Sweden.
Textiles are the second biggest cause of spreading health-associated infections at Swedish hospitals. Proactive efforts in hygiene can save 3 billion SEK in Sweden and reduce 300, 000 hospital days for patients in Sweden.

“These are amazing results for TorTex, that could lead to safe working conditions for coronavirus first responders and healthcare workers, protect many lives and open new market opportunities for HealthTextiles, especially in this time of pandemic,”
Zara Pons Vila PhD and Manager of Strategic Initiatives at EIT Health.