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Journal of Healthcare Engineering
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 8046134, 9 pages
https://doi.org/10.1155/2017/8046134
Research Article

Design and Fabrication of Smart Diapers with Antibacterial Yarn

1Minjiang University, Fujian, China
2School of Chinese Medicine, China Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan
3Department of Fashion Design, Asia University, Taichung, Taiwan
4Laboratory of Fiber Application and Manufacturing, Department of Fiber and Composite Materials, Feng Chia University, Taichung, Taiwan
5School of Textiles, Tianjin Polytechnic University, Tianjin, China
6Graduate Institute of Biotechnology and Biomedical Engineering, Central Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taichung City, Taiwan
7Department of Management Information Systems, Central Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taichung, Taiwan

Correspondence should be addressed to Yuan-Jen Chang; wt.ude.tsutc@gnahcnor

Received 28 November 2016; Revised 5 March 2017; Accepted 3 April 2017; Published 22 June 2017

Academic Editor: Tiago H. Falk

Copyright © 2017 Jia-Horng Lin et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

In this study, intelligent eco-diapers are made by combining antibacterial yarns coated with quaternary ammonium salts with conductive yarns to improve caretaking for urinary incontinence. The combination of conductive yarns and sensors can detect the moisture content in eco-diapers, and an alarm is sent when moisture is significant. A wireless module is used to send detected signals to a smartphone or tablet PC via the Internet. This concept is used for a scenario in which nurses do not randomly check on patients in a long-term care institution. When used offline, eco-diapers can send caregivers an alarm for the need to change diapers via cell phones. The diameters of the copper and silver-plated copper fibers are 0.08 and 0.10 mm, respectively. Cotton yarns are twisted with copper and silver-plated copper fibers to form the conductive yarns, which are 0.12 mm in diameter. Moreover, 30-count cotton and 150 D nylon yarns are coated with quaternary ammonium salt via dyeing and finishing processes to form antibacterial yarns. In the current study, intelligent eco-diapers are tested for their electrical and antibacterial properties as specified by AATC and JISL test standards.