A group of scientists and engineers working out of Northwestern University have developed a high-tech special bandage that is designed to significantly reduce the time that it takes for diabetes-associated wounds to heal.
Diabetes is often associated with painful foot ulcers which, if they get out of control, can lead to patients requiring amputations. But Dr. Guillermo Ameer's special bandage technology could help prevent that. The bandage is incorporated with a special biological material that is designed to attract stem cells to the wound site, essentially pushing the body's own defensive mechanisms to work faster.
By signaling the body's existing healing mechanisms to work faster, this high-tech bandage ensures desirable outcomes with no side-effects, and could revolutionize diabetes-related wound treatments by sparing patients of the suffering associated with of lower limb amputation.