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Bio-Printed Wound Dressings

This Medical Innovation Protects Those with Diabetes from Infection

— February 3, 2018 — Tech
As those who suffer from diabetes are more vulnerable to bacterial infections caused by wounds on the skin, a group of Argentinian researchers have developed 3D bio-printed wound dressings to help the healing process and minimize the risk of infection.

The starting phase of the project focused on a solution for wounds on the legs and feet, which involved taking a 3D scan of the affected piece of a patient's skin. From there, the research team could generate a tailor-made design for the patient's skin. Additionally, an antibiotic is included in the wound dressing to further stave off the spread of potential bacterial infections.

The project from the Nanobiomaterials Laboratory in Buenos Aires’ Center for Research and Development in Industrial Fermentations (CINDEFI) was supported by CONICET, Argentina’s National Scientific and Technical Research Council.


Image Credit: Hartmann
Trend Themes
1. 3D Bio-printing Medical Devices - Opportunities to develop other 3D bio-printed medical devices to improve wound healing and reduce the risk of infection for patients.
2. Tailor-made Medical Solutions - Development of customized medical solutions using 3D scanning and printing technology to meet unique patient needs.
3. Antibiotic-infused Medical Materials - Increased use of antibiotics in medical materials to minimize the risk of bacterial infections among vulnerable populations, such as those with diabetes.
Industry Implications
1. Medical Devices Manufacturing - Opportunities to invest in the manufacture of 3D bio-printed medical devices that address specific medical needs and improve patient outcomes.
2. Pharmaceuticals - Increased demand for antibiotic-infused medical materials could spur innovation and research within the pharmaceutical industry to develop more effective antibiotics.
3. Biomedical Engineering - Opportunities for biomedical engineers to develop innovative solutions that integrate 3D printing and digital scanning technology for use in the medical field.
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