Fabiosys Innovations, a start-up incubated at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi, has developed an “infection-proof fabric” for hospital use.
This has been done with an aim to prevent hospital-acquired infections (HAIs).
The development comes at a time when the entire world is dealing with the coronavirus outbreak.
The Fabiosys Innovations team has been working on the project for over a year.
The team has been aided by the Department of Science and Technology.
As per government the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare data, for every 100 hospitalised patients in developing countries, 10 acquire HAIs and the risk is even higher at the time in the present situation.
According to an NDTV report, the Fabiosys Innovations team claims to have developed an affordable, novel textile-processing technology and this converts regular cotton fabric into the infection-proof fabric.
The team further announced that they take rolls of cotton fabric and treat it with a set of proprietary-developed chemicals under a set of particular reaction conditions.
For this, they use the machinery already commonly available in textile industries.
“The fabric, after undergoing these processes, gains the powerful antimicrobial functionality,” reported NDTV quoting Samrat Mukhopadhyay, a professor at the Department of Textile and Fibre Engineering in IIT-Delhi.
Mukhopadhyay also informed that the apex technology institute has collaborated with the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) for a pilot run of the product.
The institute is currently in the process of conducting large-scale manufacturing trials in the Delhi-NCR region.