Fabiosys Innovations, an IIT Delhi incubated startup, have shown the world a groundbreaking invention at the time of crisis. When the entire planet is engulfed by Coronavirus, these young minds have come up with an infection-proof fabric that helps HAI’s at bay. The team has been working for a year on this project. The government’s Department of Science and Technology supports the project.
India is a developing country. For every 100 hospitalized patients in developing countries, there are 10 acquired HAIs. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare stated these official statistics. The risk is even higher at the time of a coronavirus outbreak. But, “infection-proof fabric” helps overcome these health issues. It is an affordable and novel textile-processing technology because it converts regular cotton fabric into the infection-proof fabric.
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How does the infection proof fabric work?
Rolls of cotton fabric are treated with a set of chemicals under a set of particular reaction conditions. It uses the machinery already commonly available in textile industries. The fabric, after undergoing these processes, gains the powerful antimicrobial properties. But doesn’t it lose its property on washing? No. The Fabiosys fabric does not lose its functionality even after multiple washing. IIT has collaborated with AIIMS, Delhi for a pilot run of this product.
Hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) are a serious problem, especially in developing countries like India. Because the tropical climatic conditions are suitable for the growth of bacteria.
Many people are not even aware of HAIs. People do not usually become aware of any contamination disease. Because every disease is unique. But once an outbreak takes place, they suddenly become aware. The recent case of coronavirus is one such example. The fabric is suitable for all kinds of modifications. It is able to stitch into bedsheets and pillow covers as well. The fabric helps in keeping contaminable diseases away. But it is not definite protection against all viruses. Because the virus can still enter the body through the fluid intake. But, it is a step towards eradicating the same.
One of the major ways these infections spread is through contact from contaminated surfaces. Although hospitals are where patients go to be cured. Nowadays patients are reporting of returning with contact to a new disease. This is cross-contamination. The fabric is under process for commercial launch procedures.
Suryapratim Ray is an engineer, author, robotics hobbyist, and an active Quoran. Being a technical blogger, he covers the good, bad, and ugly of science on a regular basis at Sciencenews18. In addition to his passion for writing, he’s equally keen on learning classical music.