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Saratov scientists invent unique nanofiber bandage to heal burns

5 Jun '12
Scientists from Saratov State University have invented a revolutionary material, based on chitosan, a substance mainly obtained from shellfish carapace, that quickly restores skin tissues after burns, ITAR-TASS reports.

The innovative product consists of nanofibers, produced with special electroforming equipment. The material comes in the form of ultra-thin sheet that can be used for treating complex surgical wounds, burns, bed sores, trophic ulcer, cold injuries and many other diseases. The fiber structure may also carry active components for fast cell regeneration.

Research showed that nanomembrane wound bandages, used in treatment of patients with severe burns, shortened wound healing time by three times and did not leave scars. Besides, according to Nikolay Ostrovsky of Saratov State University, the bandage does not need to be removed, it simply dissolves with no trace.

The product has already been patented. Nanofiber technologies open doors for extensive research in various medicine fields. Specifically, they could be used to develop special respirators protecting people from carbon monoxide gas during fire and providing extra 15 minutes of rescue time, or cigarette filters that lower tar content by 28 times, or antibacterial disposable hospital linens, and other products.
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