Wound management is a major global challenge and poses a significant financial burden on the healthcare system. While most wounds go through a normal healing process and heal on their own, some wounds get complicated with infection, which can pose a severe threat to the health of the individual. Wound infections can significantly delay the healing process of the injury, cause great pain and discomfort, require prolonged hospital stays, or lead to more serious complications such as septicemia, necrosis, disabilities, altered lifestyle, or death. Therefore, the ability to detect pathogenic infections and treat wound infections as early in the process as possible is of utmost importance to patient care.
|415 million people worldwide have diabetes|
|67 million people worldwide suffer from chronic wounds||~8 million individuals with a foot ulcer require amputation due to infection|
Limitations of current solutions
Major drawbacks associated with current dressings for wound management include:
- inability to detect pathogenic infections before clinical symptoms arise.
- need for visual inspection of the wound condition by skilled personnel, which is cumbersome and painful and requires a change of dressings often on a daily basis.
- uncontrolled release of antimicrobial agents that can lead to antibiotic resistance or delayed healing.