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Title: Shape memory compression system for management of chronic venous disorders
Authors: Kumar, B
Pan, N
Hu, JL 
Keywords: Bandage
Compression therapy
Shape memory polymer
Smart fabric
Venous ulcers
Wound care
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Woodhead Publishing (an imprint of Elsevier)
Source: In V. Koncar (Ed.), Smart textiles and their applications, Chapter 8, p. 145-159. Duxford: Woodhead Publishing (an imprint of Elsevier), ©2016 How to cite?
Abstract: Compression therapy is the preferred choice for the management of chronic venous disorders. Some major challenges, eg, achieving the recommended pressure range and sustaining it during normal daily activities, have been found in using conventional compression products (bandage or stocking) with regular textile structures and materials. These challenges could be solved if there were a possibility of stress control in the fabric. This chapter introduces the potential of shape memory polymers for the design and investigation of a smart fabric for external pressure control. Shape memory polyurethane filaments are incorporated in the structure of the fabric, which control the level of internal stress externally at ambient conditions. Useful design criteria have been proposed to ensure controlled pressure adjustment by the fabric. This smart fabric could have immense potential for functional compression management in novel wound care management. 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
ISBN: 9780081005835
DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-08-100574-3.00008-4
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