Inflammation-Responsive Wound Dressing
Non-toxic biodegradable wound dressing that releases drugs in response to inflammation and mimics skin cells. This accelerates the healing process and results in minimal scar formation, allowing wounds to achieve optimal healing.
Despite the existence of sophisticated materials used in preparing wound dressings, existing dressings do not respond to stimuli such as inflammation. In addition, the need for multiple dressing changes can be painful and has the potential to cause damage to delicate healing tissue affecting complete and timely wound healing.
Wits researchers have developed a wound dressing that contains a bioactive polymer that responds to inflammation and mimics the native skin cells and biological processes. The improved wound dressing accelerates wound healing and reduces the need for dressing changes.