New Bandage Speeds Healing
|Source: Harvard University|
Fast Healing from Hydrogel Bandage
Time heals all wounds but this new bandage does it faster. It's an algae inspired, hydrogel bandage that heals wounds without any antibiotics. It was created by a team of scientists at Harvard University working with a team at McGill University. They say it's a scalable approach, meaning it can be quickly ramped up for manufacturing and distribution. The heat-responsive hydrogel accelerates healing with no side effects.
The bandage mimics embryonic fluid and even heals chronic wounds. The active adhesive dressing contains an alginate hydrogel with silver nanoparticles. The bandage adheres firmly to the skin but can be adjusted for more flexibility around joints. The bioinspired wound dressing contracts in response to body heat and speeds healing,