Scientists are focusing on developing smarter wound dressings that do more to heal wounds and prevent infections.
According to Healogics’ 2017 Wound Care Awareness campaign, 6.7 million Americans are suffering from non-healing wounds. Further, amputees have a 50% mortality rate within 5 years of the operation. With these shocking statistics in mind, scientists are focusing on developing smarter wound care products that do more to heal wounds and prevent infections.
Small burns can happen almost anywhere, anytime
Small burns can happen almost anywhere, anytime. Whether you’re making tea or curling your hair, one wrong move can leave you with a painful, pesky, first-degree injury. These wounds, while still important to attend to, can often be taken care of at home.
By leveraging inkjet printing technology, smart wound dressings could be more affordable than ever.
Over the last several years, researchers across the world have been developing a series of smart bandages. These state-of-the-art bandages make use of cutting-edge technology to improve wound care outcomes.
One such option, created by a team from the University of Texas at Arlington, can transmit read-outs to doctors on individual wounds. Another equally innovative bandage uses special software to predict bedsores before they reach critical state. Some bandages, like one from a group at Northwestern University, feature a patented blend of proteins and polymers to aid wound healing.
Now, another intriguing new smart bandage has emerged courtesy of a group from the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia.
The food service industry has inspired an innovative new wound dressing.
As it stands now, the wound care industry is full of powerful dressing options. Hydrocolloid dressings, for instance, use gel to maintain the moisture around a wound site. Iodine impregnated dressings manage more complex injuries like chronic ulcers and low-level burns. Foam dressings are another common choice, and can greatly reduce patient pain and discomfort thanks to self-adhering strips. Collagen has become similarly popular for a wide array of benefits, including how it encourages major healing processes like debridement and angiogenesis.
Even with all of these dressings already available, scientists the world over are always looking for new and more effective options to help patients. Now, a team of doctors from Iran have unveiled a new wound dressing with plenty of possibilities for improving healing for people everywhere.
Moisture is essential for wound healing, and a new dressing makes it easier to monitor dryness.
There are several different types of wound dressings available, and each one has its own benefits and primary purpose. For instance, alginate dressings are better for wounds with excessive drainage, while the moisture of hydrogel makes dead tissue removal a breeze. Despite these differences, there is one thing that unites most wound dressings: They have to be removed and reapplied with some frequency.
Changing dressings can sometimes be difficult, especially as doctors try to prevent extra trauma to the wound. But one factor that complicates removal is knowing when to swap out wound dressings. This can vary depending upon the wound type, how fast it is healing and even the doctor’s personal preference. Now, an innovative 13-year-old may have taken some of the guesswork out of dressing changes.