A group of researchers have used seaweed to produce biopolymer wound healers which can heal lesions, diabetic wounds, cuts and ulcers of superficial skin trauma.
Saeid Saber Samandari and Amir-Salar Khandan, researchers at the New Technologies Institute of Tehran’s Amirkabir University, say they have managed to produce polymeric membranes effective in healing various types of wound.
They say the healer can be used for a variety of moist and dry wounds, and has a better and simpler treatment process than the other ones available in the market.
In producing the new healer, the researchers say they have tried to use portable and permanent mechanical and chemical coatings for healing the wounds using nanotechnology.
Given its reasonable price, the easy production process, and the availability of bio-materials, the production of this biopolymer will be economically feasible, the scientists say.
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In addition, ease of use, no need for changing the dressings, and controlled drug release reduce the cost of treatment for patients.
Traditional wound healing styles caused a delay in the process of healing as they created a dry environment; however, the wound needs a healthy open environment to be healed. This has led the traditional wound healers to be replaced by new generation of treatment methods.