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Steps to Take When a Minor Burn Occurs

POSTED ON April 11, 2017  - POSTED IN Wound dressings

Small burns can happen almost anywhere, anytime

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.

New Bandage Is Cost Efficient, Features Reusable Parts

POSTED ON November 22, 2016  - POSTED IN Wound dressings

Developed by a team from Saudi Arabia, the bandage is meant to track external pressure and pH levels of a wound.

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.

Doctors Develop New Nanocomposite Dressing

POSTED ON November 16, 2016  - POSTED IN Wound dressings

This new wound dressing could help people better control the temperature and moisture of most wound types.

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.

13-Year-Old Designs Wound Dressing That Can Communicate

POSTED ON October 24, 2016  - POSTED IN Wound dressings

Anushka Naiknaware's innovative wound dressing uses sensors to let patients know if their wound is too dry.

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.

Scientists Develop Innovative Self-Adhesive Wound Dressing

POSTED ON October 20, 2016  - POSTED IN Wound dressings

Scientists have developed a dressing that uses a constant electrical charge to improve healing in chronic wounds.

A new electronic device could heal wounds through a method that cannot be replicated with other dressings.

In the U.S. alone, there are nearly 7 million who must live with nonhealing chronic wounds, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There are several methods to deal with these problematic wounds, including specialized dressings and innovations in hyperbaric oxygen therapy. An exciting new treatment on the horizon is electrical stimulation.

Doctors use varying forms of electrical charge to help stimulate wound healing. One such project, created by a team from Washington State University, makes use of an electronic scaffold device to help wounds heal more effectively.

Now, a team from the Ohio State University Center for Clinical and Translational Science has announced an exciting breakthrough in the use of electrical currents to maximize wound care potential.

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