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The impact of design variables and aftercare regime on the long-term performance of pressure garments.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17667831     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We sought to establish the impact of pressure garment design variables, moisturizer use, and laundry method on the ability of pressure garments to maintain their pressure delivering potential, indicated here by garment tension, over time and use. Twenty-six sets of three replicate pressure garment sleeves were constructed from four powernet fabrics, using three reduction factors and six sleeve dimensions. These pressure garment sleeves were extended for 23 hours on static cylinder models followed by hand or machine laundry up to 28 times. Some sleeves were additionally exposed to moisturizers during their extension. Garment tension and dimensions were measured before and during the simulated wear and wash period to indicate each garment's ability to maintain its tension and therefore pressure throughout a period of "use." The results of the investigation were analyzed in groups where each group contained only 1 variable, thereby allowing the variables with the most significant impact on tension degradation to be identified. The investigation confirmed that all pressure garments lost tension and therefore pressure delivering ability over time and use. It further revealed that pressure garments designed to exert greater pressures degraded faster than those designed to exert lower pressures. Contact between pressure garments and moisturizers accelerated tension degradation, and machine-washing pressure garments tended to prolong their pressure-delivering properties compared with hand-washing them. To maintain the initial pressure delivered by pressure garments, powernet fabrics should be prestressed before being designed/constructed and they should be machine-washed by patients.
Lisa Macintyre; Sian Gilmartin; Michelle Rae
Publication Detail:
Type:  Evaluation Studies; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of burn care & research : official publication of the American Burn Association     Volume:  28     ISSN:  1559-047X     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:    2007 Sep-Oct
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-10-24     Completed Date:  2007-12-06     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101262774     Medline TA:  J Burn Care Res     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  725-33     Citation Subset:  IM    
School of Textiles and Design, Heriot-Watt University, Galashiels, United Kingdom.
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MeSH Terms
Burns / therapy*
Equipment Design*
Prospective Studies
Time Factors

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