Fabrican is innovating the way a spray can applies plasters and bandages to support injuries in healthcare to a more personalised approach.
1. What is it?
A non-woven fabric which can be sprayed straight onto skin.
The material is a mixture of synthetic and natural fibres including linen, wool and silk.
2. Why is it important?
Infection control has been advancing quickly recently, especially due to the antimicrobial resistance increasing pressure on containing bugs and reducing unnecessary use. The AMR scheme by the UK Government is 5 year plan from 2013- 2018 which has helped cut down antibiotic use by humans by 2% during the project alone.
The development of drugs takes a long time and is financially taxing so while our research teams work towards more antibiotics we need to be using the current selection with care.
This is why sterilisation has grown to reach the mass consumer market with alcohol gels now found in hospital wards, work desks, to children’s backpacks. However, in the event of a cut or a broken bone Fabrican is shaping the next step for sterilised dressing to reduce the risk of infection in more susceptible situations.
3. How does it work?
Fabrican is available as a spray can; an easy applicator which can be stored and used effectively.
Inside the can is a mixture of natural and synthetic fibres in a polymer solution. When this is released from the can, it solidifies in contact with air.
This allows an easy access to sterile bandages, wound dressings and plasters which can be used with minimal training.
The flexibility of the dressing can be adjusted:
- apply light layers for small wound dressings
- add further layers to build bandages and casts for firm support
Patient comfort can be further optimised by choosing a colour suited to their skin tone to reduce feeling conscious about dressings in visible areas.
4. The future
- Nicotine patches
- Transdermal drug delivery
- Nano medicine applications – non-invasive
- Personal hygiene
- Environmental- protect oil spills
- Fashion – personalised clothing
5. Who is involved?