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Novel materials for wound healing

An innovative new material consisting of hydrophilic polymer materials has been designed for covering and treating wounds.
Novel materials for wound healing
Reactive Oxygen and Nitrogen Species (RONS) are free radicals that occur in the healing process, forming at the site of a wound via a physiological process. The RONS serve to combat wound infection but can sometimes also destroy the organism's own cells along with the foreign microorganism. This is especially a threat in cases of chronic inflammation when RONS production hampers the healing of wounds.

The novelty of the new wound cover materials is that they are made up of biologically active compounds and polymer components. Furthermore, these components have undergone thorough clinical tests and have proven to have useful properties, which have yet to be applied.

The materials take on different forms (elastic film, powder, and gel) according to their preparation method and each form is appropriate for a different wound type. All of the forms can be sterilized by widely-known methods such as gamma radiation for powders and thermal sterilization for gels and films. Additionally in all of the forms, the material displays a synergistic effect in the damp cover of the wound and can deactivate RONS.

The major benefits are that wounds heal without secondary infections or other complications. Furthermore, the applications include treatment of traumatic, post-surgical and chronic wounds and can also be applied in veterinary medicine.
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