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What type of material used in soft furnishings is best for infection prevention and control?

What type of material used in soft furnishings is best for infection prevention and control?

Thanks for your question. This is not the first time we have been asked advice on this topic and I have included our previous response below from one of our QCS Experts in Health and Safety.

I can only second the advice within this as fabrics are only part of the answer, robust infection control procedures are a vital element that assist in making the fabrics effective.

My only addition to this advice is:

  • Consider individuals at risk of pressure areas when looking at seating. Some fabrics such as vinyl may not be suitable for everyone
  • Choose a reputable supplier and have a consultation with them to discuss your service and client needs fully
  • And finally, even though you asked about infection control fabrics don’t forget to make sure they comply with any fire regulations too

Read our previous response here:

Barry Price

Specialist in Adults with Learning Disabilities and Complex Needs

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