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Smart Dressing Treats Chronic Wounds

By HospiMedica International staff writers
Posted on 03 Nov 2014
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Image: The Enluxtra \"Any Wound” self-adaptive dressing (Photo courtesy of OSNovative Systems).
Image: The Enluxtra \"Any Wound” self-adaptive dressing (Photo courtesy of OSNovative Systems).
A self-adaptive dressing for treating chronic wounds provides an optimal healing microenvironment that steers the wound toward healing.

The Enluxtra "Any Wound” self-adaptive dressing is composed of a dynamic, multifunctional, material that analyzes wound condition; it then automatically and reversibly adjusts function to accommodate the wound's needs, which can frequently and unpredictably change. For example, absorbed exudate and pathogens are locked inside the dressing, controlling infection and maceration; on the other hand, the dressing material also releases moisture to dry areas of the wound, preventing desiccation. In effect, Enluxtra is thus suitable for any wound type, and at any healing stage.

The dressing is accompanied by an interactive application for both Apple iOS and Android users. The app includes a built-in calculator for determining correct dressing size, step-by-step instructions on how to use Enluxtra, information on insurance reimbursement codes, tips and tricks to enhance treatment results, specific information on certain wound types, links to instructional videos, and troubleshooting tips. The Enluxtra "Any Wound” self-adaptive dressing is a product of OSNovative Systems (Santa Clara, CA, USA).

“Wounds may not be able to always be prevented, but at least we can take measures to successfully address them, prevent their further deterioration and make them progress towards healing,” said Oleg Siniaguine, PhD, inventor of Enluxtra and founder of OSNovative Systems. “We have created Enluxtra to address the needs of wounds so that it can provide a quick, safe, and effective route to healing.”

The super-absorptive dressing can be worn for up to 10 days, which results in both economic and clinical benefits, as reduced dressing change frequency brings significant cost savings to patients and healthcare providers, while fewer disruptions of wound homeostasis (a known critical condition for fast wound healing) aid uninterrupted healing process.

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