A college student has developed a bandage for use in developing countries

When an individual experiences a skin injury, it is advisable that the damaged area is covered with a bandage. According to the Mayo Clinic, most minor cuts and scrapes can be cared for at home. The wound must be cleaned, once the bleeding has stopped, and for smaller tears, a bandage or gauze held in place with tape will suffice. This helps to keep out infection and ensure the area remains clean and dry.

Deeper wounds, right through the skin, or where the muscle and fat are exposed will require a visit to a clinician, the source noted. He or she will professionally clean and sanitize the area, usually applying a bandage to ensure the wound can heal properly. Believe it or not, bandages can be costly, and in poorer nations, people struggle to find clean and sterile wound dressings to prevent infection. These coverings are essential if an individual is suffering from a chronic wound which may have to be kept under wraps at all times.

A competition entry with a useful application

A student at the University of Virginia established his own company, InMEDBio LLC, which has developed a wound dressing, according to UVAToday. Called Phoenix-Aid, the bandage has five layers and it is designed to speed up the healing process, prevent bacteria from entering the wound, and to comfort the hurt area.

Ashwinraj Karthikeyan will be submitting his creation for consideration in the Collegiate Inventors Competition, which takes place in November. He was inspired to set up his company and devise a wound care solution for chronic sufferers in South India. Many people have diabetic foot ulcers in this part of the country but cannot pay for the bandages required for daily wound care. The damaged areas then become infected or worse.

“What we’re doing is creating something that is moisture attentive and breathable, while at the same time actively and passively killing pathogens,” Karthikeyan told UVAToday. “It does this efficiently and effectively so that it doesn’t damage the wound, and is durable while still being at a price point that patients can afford.”

He was originally inspired to help others after his friend passed away from an infection caused by what he described as a defective wound dressing. The person in question had surgery, from which she should have recovered, but since she did not receive appropriate bandaging, bacteria entered the wound site.

Chronic wounds

According to Wound Source, an injury becomes chronic if it does not move through the typical healing stages in an expected manner, usually in about 30 days. Wounds that have a tendency to become severe usually occur on the lower extremities or are the result of pressure, can be diabetic ulcers or ones that have not been treated properly and subsequently, bacteria enters the site causing an infection.

If there are any concerns with the manner in which a wound is healing, the individual in question should seek out the advice and guidance of a clinician who may be able to provide further assistance and insight.

Advanced Tissue is the nation’s leader in delivering specialized wound care supplies to patients, delivering to both homes and long-term care facilities.