New wound care technologies that detect early wound healing and manage wound healing mechanisms are finding favor with physicians that are trying to determine suitable treatment protocols. Wound care management received a thrust from cost-effective and efficient technologically advanced products and therapies. Some wound care advancements that gained traction recently include wound dressings that offer controlled release of enzymes and antimicrobial agents, and silver nanocomposites that exhibit protective barrier and anti-inflammatory properties.
New analysis from Frost & Sullivan's (technicalinsights.frost.com) Wound Care Management Technologies research finds that wound care therapy developers are increasingly responding to the demand for more effective wound care solutions. Biotechnology, biomaterial, and tissue engineering-enabled innovations are some of the fastest growing technology segments in this market.
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Other popular innovations in wound management include honey-based dressings with antimicrobial, wound cleansing, and pain-free debridement properties, as well as tissue engineering constructs to promote wound healing. Combination medical devices that help deliver targeted wound care therapy to ensure safe and timely closure of wounds are also in demand.
Wound care specialists and podiatrists as well as general, vascular and orthopedic surgeons prefer cost-effective wound care solutions, while chronic wound patients and their caregivers seek faster and long-lasting wound healing solutions. Reacting to customer demand, manufacturers are adopting best practices to design wound dressings that provide tight control over the dressing's adsorption and fluid handling properties.
There is a surge in the number of wound healing technology platforms awaiting commercialization and multiple start-up firms and spin-offs from academia are working on procuring funds and partnerships for commercialization. Both Tier 1 and emerging companies are engaged in intense R&D to develop dressings that accelerate healing.
"Emerging companies that focus on every type of wound at each phase of the wound healing process will be able to provide innovative solutions," noted Frost & Sullivan Technical Insights Industry Analyst Prasanna Vadhana Kannan. "One of the noteworthy wound care solutions are advanced wound dressings that can assist in the complex task of tissue repair and efficiently remove bacterial biofilm formation."
Currently, there are no national or international standards to guide wound care dressing manufacturers, and the type of protocol adopted depends upon the physician's recommendation and patient's demand. This situation hinders the implementation and testing of affordable wound care platforms.
Standardization is vital since wound treatment relies heavily on proper wound bed preparation, the choice of wound dressings, and the patient's condition. Wound closure also depends on the use of appropriate products.
Researchers are striving to examine the importance of cell differentiation and tissue morphogenesis-based factors in faster wound healing. Manufacturers need greater clinical evidence to understand biological-mediated therapies and their role in improving the outcome of wound care.
"On the back of considerable research, wound care solutions are expected to have the capabilities to safeguard cells from apoptosis, and simultaneously stimulate rapid cell division and proliferation," noted Kannan. "A rising desire to achieve tissue regeneration rather than just wound closure encourages manufacturers to explore additional applications of wound healing technologies."
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Wound Care Management Technologies, a part of the Technical Insights subscription, analyzes advances in the application of silver in microbial prophylaxis and treatment, advanced wound dressings and skin substitutes, biologic wound products, and hyperbaric oxygen as an adjunctive wound care treatment. Further, this research service includes detailed technology analysis and industry trends evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.
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