Merino compression wear
AgResearch’s textile scientists are part of a Kiwi team that took home an international Medical Design Excellence award for a new merino-based product.
With the name Encircle Compression Therapy, this sock-like garment has the ability to relieve lower limb problems such as ulcers, poor circulation and swelling. Until now, similar compression bandages have been made of synthetic fibres but design work at Lincoln led to a new innovation.
Two fibres, merino and Thermacool, were weft-knitted together to provide greater breathability and the added ability to absorb and transfer moisture. The result is a much more comfortable garment that creates a micro-environment around the skin to assist and regulate the patient’s recovery.
The product was the result of a collaboration, developed by The Merino Company. The project was led by Locus Research, with research undertaken by AgResearch and the Medical Research Institute of New Zealand, and textiles produced by Levana.