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Medical Textiles for Eczema Patients

The objective of this project is to produce medical textiles for eczema patients. 100 sets of knitted garment (2 pieces) including long sleeve shirt and long pants in 4 sizes will be produced as prototypes for different ages of the children. Due to the hot and humid weather in Hong Kong, skin diseases, especially eczema are common. Using ointment to cure eczema is the most popular and simplest way. However, there are some shortcomings for this application. It is time consuming to apply for large infected area. Moreover, the medicine is easily absorbed by the cotton-made patient clothing instead of adhering and eventally being absorbed by the skin, especially when the patients scratch their skin or move their body. To improve the efficiency of the eczema treatment, two objectives are proposed in this project: 1) To design and fabricate ergonomic textiles or/and apparel with soft touch, less irritation to the skin as well as high breathability; 2) To modify the surface of textiles or apparel so as to reduce the absorption of the eczema medicine and to assist in the delivery of eczema medicine to the skin of patients. Yes. (Please provide details on how it has been funded e.g. ITF, University Grants Committee/Research Grants Council (in particular the Area of Excellence (AoE) Scheme, Theme-based Research Scheme and Collaborative Research Fund which may have good potential for migration to mid-stream/downstream research), Environment and Conservation Fund, etc.) The technologies from two parent projects: High Performance Advanced Materials for Textile and Apparel (Ref. GHS/088/04) with $9,600,000 of total funding. And the other is Textiles Needs of Paraplegic and Quadriplegic Patients in Paediatric Hospitals (Ref. ITP/038/08TP) with $720,000 of total funding.

Project No. (ITC) ITT/009/11TT
Project Type Prototype
Project Co-ordinator Prof. XIN John H
Research Institute The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
ITF Amount HK$ 1,202,000
Start Date DD/MM/YY 2012-02-01
Completion Date DD/MM/YY 2013-04-30
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