Researchers have tested a new style of dressing that could revolutionize the wound care industry.

While there are all sorts of dressings that can vastly improve wound healing, using the wrong type of dressing can play a significant role in treatment. It’s also important to make sure you find a material that doesn’t adhere too closely to your wound, because bacteria can become trapped, making wound infection more likely to develop. As medical care products continue to advance, one new material might help change the landscape of wound care with its abundance in healing abilities.

In a recent study published in the scientific journal Applied Materials & Interfaces, researchers from Taiwan have developed a new variation of wound dressing that features a material that could promote faster healing durations while also preventing unwanted bacteria from sticking to the lesion. The creation of the new material was headed by Yung Chang and his team, who wanted to create a covering that could provide the moisturizing qualities of a hydrogel based dressing, while balancing with the traits of a dry film that can allow for a certain degree of airflow, which can help with not allowing bacteria to stay too close to the wound bed. Chang and his team noted the steady increase in age for the global population as another crucial component to inventing a new and more efficient style of dressing.

To attempt to combine the two positive characteristics of wound healing properties of the dressings, the researchers took a basic porous dry film while applying a mix of structures called zwitterions, which are neutral molecules that work to rid bacteria and dried blood away from the wound surface. When the colleagues tested their new material on laboratory mice, they discovered that the covering was able to keep bacteria out of the injured opening, maintain a relatively moist environment as well as give the wound room to breathe; all properties that encourage effective wound healing stages.

Looking toward the future

The researchers saw the injuries on the mice heal within two weeks after initially applying the new dressing to their wounds. While it will take additional time, funding and research to begin testing how effective these coverings can be for humans, the potential to blend the healing qualities of different types of dressings could greatly benefit patients with more severe lesions, as well as revolutionize the wound care product market.

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