NASA develops electroactive bandage to speed up wound healing

Posted on:12 Oct 2016 18:13:26

NASA develops electroactive bandage to speed up wound healing
12 October 2016 Current Affairs GK: The NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) has developed a new high-tech electroactive bandage that uses electricity to significantly promote healing of injured wounds. The high-tech bandage creates an electric charge to promote the healing process of wounds in space especially in conditions of non-Earth gravity.

The electroactive bandage uses a new material called polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) which can be stimulated by pressure of cell growth and body heat.

 The new material generates a small amount of electricity when interacts with another surface, including human skin. When this electroactive bandage is applied to an external wound site, it utilises low level electrical stimulation to promote wound healing. 

The bandage speeds the wound’s healing process and minimises infection and related complications such as amputation or illness. 

Potential Applications : This bandage could be used by astronauts in space, military personnel wounded in field, patients who have undergone surgery or who have suffered a serious woun

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