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In the past, we’ve touched on just how essential fish are when it comes to advancing wound care research. For instance, studying the zebrafish has given scientists important new insights into how to address issues with tissue regeneration and inflammation.
Harvard researchers have created a new kind of device that could create new dressing types for the wound care industry.
In most of the recent developments that advance wound healing, whether they’re an ultrasound diagnostic tool or a wearable system for preventing ulcers, one thread connects all of these technologies: portability. Having something that’s quick to use and easy to carry around is essential for proper wound care, especially in emergency situations or for use on the battlefield.
The fish in question, tilapia, is said to help prevent infections and can heal severe wounds in under two weeks. .
The use of animal products is common in the wound care industry. However, no animal has proven quite as beneficial as the fish. In spring 2015, a group of researchers from Shanghai found that the skin of several fish species can be more effective than collagen in providing fast and effective wound healing.
Since then, fish have become the focus of several similar studies. In March 2016, doctors from Duke University used zebrafish to study how skin heals and potentially streamline that process. Then, in July 2016, scientists in England created a new form of dressing with Atlantic cod, which greatly improved healing rates.
Educating yourself on how to pack wounds will help to ensure proper wound healing.
Deep wounds require special dressings and an understanding of how to pack wounds to encourage healing and reduce the risk of bacterial infection. Proper wound packing is crucial for tissue growth at the wound’s base to prevent the premature closure of the wound and the formation of abscesses. By following the instructions below and the individual recommendations of your doctor, you can promote healthy wound healing.
A new kind of wound dressing can be applied and then removed quickly, all without damaging the surrounding tissue.
The market for wound care dressings already features quite a few innovative materials. For instance, collagen encourages several key pillars of wound healing, including angiogenesis and debridement. Hydrocolloid dressings, meanwhile, are aimed at preventing infection and maintaining proper moisture levels.
But in recent years, there have been a number of important new breakthroughs. These include wound dressings made from Atlantic cod, which are geared toward slow-healing wounds, and dressings made from a self-repairing plastic. More recently, scientists from Boston University have developed a new kind of wound dressing designed to better treat burn patients.