Regulating Fluid Transfer in Wound-Care Applications

2/1/11

Medical Product Manufacturing News
February 2011

The aging of America and rise in the number of diabetes cases are placing a myriad of demands on the medical device industry and related wound-care technologies, including the expanding need for advanced wound-care treatments. To satisfy these increasingly challenging wound-care needs, providers of adhesives, gels, and foams are offering customized, application-specific products for controlling the drainage of exudates from the wound site, the accumulation of which can hamper healing or lead to infection. In addition, manufacturers are meeting the need for products that adhere well to the skin but not to the wound and exhibit hydrophobicity or hydrophilicity depending on the application. This article discusses how providers of wound-care products are focusing on developing dressings with tunable porosities for managing fluid transport.

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