5th International Textile, Clothing and Design Conference, Dubrovnik, Croatia, 3 - 06 October 2010, pp.171-175
Burns are skin damages caused by contact with fire, heat, electricity, radiation or caustic chemicals. The population for burn trials is usually defined by the extend and depth of the burn injury. Burns are classified by depth and they may be first, second, third and fourth degrees. According to the burn types, the textile properties show difference in use. While non-adhesive dressings can be used for first and second degree burns, hydrogels are used for third degree burns. After the third and fourth degree burn treatments, pressure garments are used for scar and contracture control which is a crucial rehabilitation technique for the patients. The paper discusses the development of textiles used in burn treatments in terms of textile structure, fiber and polymer type that affect the healing characteristics by determining the appropriate comfort to the patients.