In recognition of World Prematurity Day on November 17, 2020, Avery Dennison Performance Tapes, a division of materials science and manufacturing company Avery Dennison Corp., Glandale, CA/USA, is making available a free white paper that documents how diapers with ISO-certified materials can help save the lives of premature babies as well as the elderly.
The white paper includes insightful statistics concerning the proliferation of prematurely born babies and the world’s expanding elder population. It addresses corresponding needs for diaper materials designed to help prevent injury due to the improper selection and application of diaper materials, tapes and closures. Abrasions caused by application and removal of diaper tapes when coming into contact with the skin can quickly lead to more severe conditions and even death. Protecting the skin integrity of both newborns and elderly starts by choosing and using the right diapers and diaper closure systems. Diapers with ISO certified materials are tested according to ISO 10993 guidelines. Materials that come into contact with the body must be biocompatible. They must not have toxic or harmful effects on biological systems. Manufacturers can obtain an ISO 10993 certificate after three biocompatibility tests: skin irritation, cytotoxicity (damage or destruction of body cells) and skin sensitization (undesirable reaction caused by contact with chemicals). The report, titled “The benefits of choosing the right diaper closure system,” can be accessed at personalcare.averydennison.com/white-paper.