GARMEX is a Polish manufacturer of reusable barrier surgical clothing and drapes. The company has been established in 2005 to respond to the growing market demands for reusable surgical linen compliant with the New Approach to the field of medical devices. By joining the European Union Poland committed itself to adhere to EU directives and harmonised standards. Medical Device Directive 93/42 and the harmonised PNEN 13795 standard eliminate the traditional cotton fabric from the list of materials approved for use and compliant with the strict requirements set out for medical devices, including linen used in operating theatres. Garmex use fabrics from leading textile manufacturers based in Japan, Sweden, Spain, Taiwan and the United States, and has the largest portfolio of surgical gowns, surgical clothing and drapes in Poland. Because of the wide range of products in our portfolio we deliver optimal solutions for clients who have diversified requirements in terms of product performance features.
Disposable products are an alternative to reusable barrier surgical linen. According to the existing regulations, medical centres have to choose either disposable or reusable products, or use both at the same time.
The decision should be based on the analysis of existing infrastructure and personnel qualifications at a specific medical centre. The choice of reusable products entails the need for laundry facilities and a central sterilisation unit, while the use of disposable products is associated with the need for an incinerator for hazardous medical waste. All these operations bring additional costs which, on top of the purchase of finished products, should be considered in the cost-benefit analysis for the use of surgical linen.
In response to the needs of hospitals, in 2012 Garmex extended its portfolio with hospital bed linen, barrier protectors and mattress covers. The use of new materials in these products brings improved protection against nosocomial infections, as well as significant reductions in the costs of product service.