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Thiney G.,Laboratoires Innothera | Soufflet I.,Institute Francais Du Textile Et Of Lhabillement Ifth | Charles G.,Institute Francais Du Textile Et Of Lhabillement Ifth | Bailly C.,Laboratoires Innothera
Phlebologie - Annales Vasculaires | Year: 2010

Background: The compliance of venous elastic compression products diminishes as their pressure rises. In practice, class II stockings are often prescribed instead of class III stockings. Aims: This study aimed at measuring the ease of putting on and removing class II and III stockings, as well as their softness by using sensory analysis techniques. Methodology: The movements involved in putting on and removing were broken down into simple steps, rated from o to 10 for each knee-high stocking (one of class II and four of class III including a new product: Actys® 25) by specially trained members of an IFTH expert panel. The softness of the stockings was also rated. This study was conducted for "hold-up" thigh-high stockings as well. Results: Actys® 25 was significantly easier to put on and to remove than the other class III tested stockings. Overall, it was statistically as easy to put on and to remove as the class II tested stockings. It was also the softest of all the tested stockings. Conclusion: Actys® 25 combines the effectiveness of a class III stocking with the ease of use of a class II stocking, allowing an easier access to class III prescriptions.

Chadeau E.,University of Lyon | Brunon C.,CNRS Analytical Sciences Lab | Degraeve P.,University of Lyon | Leonard D.,CNRS Analytical Sciences Lab | And 9 more authors.
Journal of Food Safety | Year: 2012

Antimicrobial textiles (65% cotton - 35% polyester) were functionalized using a patented technology that combines an antimicrobial molecule - polyhexamethylene biguanide (PHMB) and a precipitating agent - sodium laurylsulphate. Surface characterization was performed by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry, and both techniques made clear signatures of PHMB at the top surface of treated textiles. Washing led to a strong decrease of PHMB concentration at the surface. Comparison of textile surface analysis and antimicrobial tests indicated that the amount of PHMB at its extreme surface of textiles after five or 10 industrial washings was sufficient to inhibit Listeria innocua but not Pseudomonas aeruginosa growth. The viability of L. innocua cells after contact with PHMB-treated textile after one industrial washing was estimated using the Live/Dead BacLight kit (Molecular Probes, Eugene, OR): the combination of epifluorescence microscopy observations coupled with classic enumeration allowed detection of the presence of viable but nonculturable cells. © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

Bourgeois M.,Institute Francais Du Textile Et Of Lhabillement Ifth
Actualite Chimique | Year: 2012

This article provides an overview of technical textiles with antimicrobial activity: properties, quality and regulatory requirements. It describes the mechanisms of action of their active ingredients, as well as their mode of application on textiles.

Couvret D.,Institute Francais Du Textile Et Of Lhabillement Ifth
Actualite Chimique | Year: 2012

Traceability of goods and fight against counterfeiting represents an important economical stake for industry and particularly for textile and clothing sector. Some marking systems applied in other sectors such as paper or food industry can be used; however the specificity of this sector induces technical constraints to satisfy the schedule of conditions in some applications. This paper describes some of the systems applicable or being applied to the marking of textile raw materials (fibres).

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