These new bamboo dressings were found to accelerate wound healing as well as prevent issue with odors.
Anyone who has even the faintest insight might be aware of the sheer number of unique material types used in the wound care industry.
There are the more traditional options, like collagen and hydrocolloid. While those options are relied on most often in hospital settings, researchers are continually making upgrades and improvements. Part of that expansion means new materials. For instance, fish have become a frequent source for wound dressings, as their skin contains several beneficial compounds. However, not all new dressing types are as organic; some feature computer technology to make monitoring a snap.
Now, another dressing-related breakthrough has emerged courtesy of a team of doctors from the Centre of Innovative and Applied Bioprocessing in Punjabi, India.
The team has developed a special emergency care spray from the enzyme chitosan, found in crab shells.
These days, wound care dressings are made of an increasingly interesting selection of materials. That includes chitosan, which is a special mineral found within crab shells. The reason for using chitosan lies in its sturdiness, as the resulting bandages and dressings are especially strong and durable. There are already several effective bandage types made using chitosan, including a unique biofoam pad designed by a team from Penn State.
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.
NASA scientists are applying their vast amount of scientific knowledge to wound care.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is not well known for being a huge force in the wound care industry. Instead, the space agency is best known for landing on the moon, launching satellites into the outer reaches of our solar system, and exploring nearby planets. However, as Cantech Letter reported, NASA has taken one giant leap in improving wound healing by developing a state of the art new bandage.
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.