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Electronic Bandages Speed Wound Healing

By    |   Thursday, 14 May 2015 03:53 PM

British scientists have created new high-tech bandages that deliver electrical stimulation that promotes wound healing.

Tests carried out on 40 volunteers by University of Manchester researchers found the bandages speed healing, suggesting they may be particularly useful in treating chronic wounds that don’t easily heal – including diabetic ulcers.

The research, published in the Public Library of Science journal PLOS ONE, was conducted in partnership with Oxford BioElectronics Ltd., which is working to develop commercially available devices and dressings based on the work.

For the new research, two small harmless wounds were created on each volunteer’s upper arms.

One wound was left to heal normally while the other was treated with electrical pulses over a period of two weeks. The results showed the treated wounds healed fast, because the electrical pulses essentially speed up the process through which new blood vessels form to increase the blood flow to the damaged area for healing.

"This research has shown the effectiveness of electrical stimulation in wound healing,” said lead researcher Ardeshir Bayat, M.D., “and therefore we believe this technology has the potential to be applied to any situation where faster wound healing is particularly desirable, such as following human or veterinary surgical wounds, accidental, or military trauma and in sports injuries."

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