Nanotechnology based wound healing includes the ability to use:
- Nanoparticles to induce clotting to reduce bleeding
- Bandages that apply electric pulses to accelerate healing
- Nanoparticles that can reduce internal bleeding
The next section provides examples of the different types of ongoing research in the use of nanotechnology to treat wounds.
Wound Treatments: Applications under Development
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin have demonstrated a bandage
that applies electrical pulses to a wound using electricity produced by
nanogenerators worn by the
For trauma patients with internal
bleeding another way to reduce the blood loss is needed. Researchers at Chase Western Reserve University are developing
that act as synthetic platelets. Lab tests have shown that injection of
these synthetic platelets significantly reduces blood loss.
Researchers have found that aluminosilicate nanoparticles can
reduce bleeding in trauma
patients with external wounds by activating the blood clotting mechanism, causing blood in a wound to clot quickly.
Z-Medica is producing a medical gauze that uses aluminosilicate
nanoparticles for use on external wounds.
Nanofibers can stimulate the
production of cartilage in damaged joints. Three different approaches to the use
of nanofibers to stimulate cartilage are being taken by researchers at
Northwestern University and at the
University of Pennsylvania.