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Hydrogels in wound management

Caló, E., Ballamy, L. and Khutoryanskiy, V. V. (2018) Hydrogels in wound management. In: Singh, T. R. R., Laverty, G. and Donnelly, R. (eds.) Hydrogels: Design, Synthesis and Application in Drug Delivery and Regenerative Medicine. CRC Press, London. ISBN 9781498748612

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One of the most prevalent applications of hydrogels is wound management. Thanks to their high water content and unique physical properties, hydrogels could potentially resemble biological tissues including human skin. (Peppas et al. 2000, Gupta et al. 2010, Caló & Khutoryanskiy 2014, Jones et al. 2006) There is active interest in the development of new and advanced hydrogel-based products from both an academic and industrial perspective. In fact, hydrogels exhibit many characteristics of the ‘ideal’ wound dressing. These include: the capability of maintaining a moist environment at the wound site allowing gas exchange (moisture vapour transmission), biocompatibility, fast absorption of wound exudate, protection of newly formed or delicate skin and easy and relatively painless dressing removal. (Thomas 1990, Gupta et al. 2010, Vowden & Vowden 2014, Boateng & Catanzano 2015) In this Chapter we will provide the reader with an overview of the most recent hydrogel materials designed for wound management.

Item Type:Book or Report Section
Divisions:Life Sciences > School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy > School of Pharmacy > Pharmaceutics Research Group
ID Code:77796
Publisher:CRC Press


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