It has antibacterial properties
Researchers at St. Petersburg University of Information Technology, Mechanics and Optics, in collaboration with Canadian colleagues from the University of Toronto, have developed a new material that can be used to make gel dressings that accelerate wound healing. The material has antibacterial properties that are effective against just those bacteria that have developed resistance to antibiotics. And such, unfortunately, are becoming more and more, therefore it is becoming more difficult for doctors to fight infections. Therefore, the search for means that can defeat the infection without the use of antibiotics is so urgent.
An international group of scientists decided to use biomaterials for this purpose. The resulting hydrogel consists of gelatin and nanocrystalline cellulose. It creates a protective layer on the wound surface, prevents the development of infection and promotes early wound healing. Cellulose has the ability to absorb iron ions, and they serve as food for the development of bacteria. And if you direct an ultraviolet beam to such a bandage, the doctor will be able to see if the bandage still has the ability to cleanse the wound from ions, or it is time to change it. By the way, the consistency of the dressing is very soft, which prevents injury to the skin during dressing, reports scientificrussia.ru.
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