The dressing of the future may fit in a syringe

Today the dressings are generally made of fabric, but according to this team of researchers from Montreal the future could be quite different.

In general, when you have a wound, it is best to heal it. This can help stop bleeding, but also drastically reduce the risk of infections. Such a medical practice is therefore common, and many households have a few beige dressings in their first aid kit.

But if these products are very useful for wounds on the skin, it is more complicated to heal other parts. Indeed, regions of our body such as the heart, vocal cords and muscles are always moving areas, and this poses many problems for doctors who cannot apply traditional dressings to them.

A puzzle for researchers

By being in continuous movement, these organs do not allow the dressings to “take” on the wound and to attach to it, it is then almost impossible for the latter to remain in place for more than a few hours, which makes it necessary to dress again and again. another patient awaiting improvement in his health.

But faced with this problem, a team of doctors from McGill University in Montreal may have found the solution. They have indeed succeeded in designing a new material, which could be used in the dressing of precisely these organs. This miracle product is a derivative of the hydrogel, a substance already known in the medical world for its adhesive capacities.

A promising future

But while the hydrogels designed so far were unable to withstand more than 120 beats per minute, the new compound from Canada still remains intact, even after grueling tests that would have got the better of many of its colleagues. Building on this success, the researchers behind this discovery remain very measured as to the possible applications of this new hydrogel.

According to them it is still too early to draw any conclusions and if they readily admit that this is a “Very good result”, the latter is only “promising” and in no way an outcome that would turn a page in the history of medical research. According to scientists, if such a hydrogel could emerge in the next few years, it could then be able to inject drugs directly into the target area.

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