Researchers at Purdue University’s Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering are in the process of developing scaffold-like materials that promises to speed up the recovery process for patients. The wound healing material has a fast curing time once inside the body.
Alyssa Panitch, an associate professor at Purdue University, heads the research team that discovered the liquid wound healing material, after numerous years of clinical testing at the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering. The material is being touted as a modern medicine breakthrough and promises to create an expedited process for burn victims and those that require the fastest recovery time possible.
The research is showing that the liquid material can be injected directly into a wound site and will solidify and fill any space needed. Once inside the body, the liquid spreads out and forms an almost immediate bonding for repairs of such wound treatments as mending damaged bones, spinal cord fusions, arterial reattachment, and other tissue rebuilding procedures.
According to Panitch, “Because the material starts out as a thickened liquid, it rapidly can be injected into almost any part of the human anatomy and quickly fills in the gaps between severely damaged and or missing tissues.” The liquid forms a three-dimensional matrix and after the wounded area has had time to reattach to either bone or tissue the material disintegrates and is removed from the body as normal waste.
The advantages of this research stem from the options that are made available through the open-access wound healing material. Purdue researchers define the term open-access for those materials that can have other medicines mixed in with the injection. The gel can be loaded up with antibiotics or pain medication and can be directly applied to the nerve endings on the wounded site.
[Source: The Future of Things]