The prevalence of conditions like diabetes, obesity, pressure ulcers, and age-related vascular problems that usually cause wounds is rising at an exponential rate. Film wound dressings have been developed technologically to improve wound diagnosis and therapies in response to the growing expensive burden of wounds on international healthcare systems.
Film dressings offer an easy and efficient way to maintain a moist wound environment and accelerate the healing of superficial wounds. They are recommended for the treatment of mild burns and straightforward wounds, and because of their adaptability, they can also be used to hide sutures after surgery. There are advantages of using film dressing over other dressings. Some of the advantages are as follows:
Requires less care than traditional dressing (gauze)
It is conformable and water resistant
Wound visualized without dressing removal
Protects against secondary infection
No additional dressing needed (no tape or wrap)
The market is at the nascent stages and under constant research ongoing to develop film dressings. Following are a few examples of latest research studies:
Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati created a new, inexpensive, transparent material for healing wounds in August 2021 that also reduces scarring. The novel material is superior to wound-dressing products now on the market because it is based on the "integration of a synthetic polymer" and produces a film that provides a "wet environment" surrounding the wound,
The new film dressing is transparent, therefore making it possible to keep a check on the process of wound healing without removing the dressing. Moreover, it is “super absorbent” with “adequate mechanical characteristics” thus helping it to “adjust to the shape of the wound” and prevent scarring,
Researchers studying the physical characteristics of wound dressings that can affect the wound healing process have gathered data while concentrating on the moisture vapor transmission rate (MVTR) in transparent film dressings. They contend that maintaining the ideal moisture level for wound healing requires regulating water evaporation from a wound using an appropriate wound dressing,
One of the major producers of engineered polymers and a leader in technology, Lubrizol LifeSciences applies their technological know-how of specialty TPUs to develop cutting-edge wound care treatments. Furthermore, another leader in wound care market 3M’s, Tegaderm wound dressing has been the standard for transparent film for advanced wound care applications,
In order to treat infected diabetic wounds and patients with chronic wounds, an Indian scientist developed a novel film wound dressing based on agarose, a natural polymer formed from seaweed agar. It was backed by the Department of Science & Technology's (DST) Advanced Manufacturing Technologies Program and is in line with the "Make in India" agenda. Along with agar, the role of adding many active molecules like iodine, citric acid, and sericin to this innovative wound dressing has been assessed in terms of their ability to heal and confine chronic wounds. Agar dressing films are specifically provided by the invention for the treatment of infected diabetic wounds. Depending on the size and kind of the wound, the dressing may be applied as a single layer, bilayer, or multilayered hydrogel film. Currently, these dressings are in third stage of development, and have been tested on rats.
As a result, increased R&D expenditure and the introduction of enhanced film dressings by key players & organizations are among the factors likely to drive the market growth in forthcoming years.
Film Dressing Market: Segmentation
Major companies operating in the film dressing market include:
DermaRite Industries, LLC
BSN Medical Inc.
Paul Hartmann, Inc.
Mölnlycke Health Care US, LLC
Medline Industries, Inc.
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