For as long as surgeons and physicians have been operating on patients, they have been seeking better ways to heal incisions and wounds that are an unavoidable part of the surgical process. For long, tape and gauze were considered the most effective solutions available for closing and healing surgical wounds and helping prevent healthcare-associated infections. But this norm is now starting to change with the emergence of new technologies, such as anti-infective, biological and sustained-release anti-microbial dressings, and pressure relief devices, which are leading to better and faster healing of surgical wounds, fewer infections, and improved patient outcomes.
More recently, negative pressure wound therapy, a treatment technique that uses vacuum technology and special dressings to reduce the amount of infection-causing bacteria inside of a wound is proving to be a boon to the wound care industry. When negative pressure wound therapy is applied on closed surgical incisions, it compresses tissue, reduces swelling, immobilizes wound margins, and helps hold the incision together more firmly; the device pulls the fluid, blood, and other infectious material out of the wound, which facilitates faster healing.
Besides, advanced wound care dressings interact with wounds and support, rather than oppose, healing. For example, researchers have developed a prototype bandage that can actively monitor the condition of chronic wounds and deliver appropriate drug treatments to improve the chances of healing. Known as smart bandages, they have the capability to reduce the need to remove bandages and potentially disturb the wound. Additionally, it can also help create a more efficient hospital environment as caregivers can reduce the time spent on treating individual patients. Non-healing chronic wounds are a significant medical problem, especially for patients with conditions such as diabetes. The smart bandages will provide real-time monitoring and delivery of treatment with limited intervention from the patient or caregivers.
Highlighting these new developments in the wound care landscape, MedTech Outlook has compiled a list of wound care solution providers that are at the top of their game. The enlisted organizations are transforming wound diagnosis and treatment at the convergence of several disruptive technologies. Besides, the magazine also comprises insights from thought leaders in the sector on the industry trends, best practices, recent innovations, and their advice for the aspiring CXOs.
We present to you MedTech Outlook’s “Top 10 Wound Care Solution Providers – 2020.”