The rapid increase in life-threatening antibiotic-resistant infections has made wound complications more challenging, while options for effective treatment are extremely limited. About 6 million people in the United States are affected by chronic wounds.
Now, an innovative team from Purdue University has developed a wearable solution that allows patients to receive treatment without leaving home, reports Memes Consulting. The team’s research results were published in the journal Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology.
“We’ve invented a revolutionary treatment that kills bacteria on the surface of a wound or diabetic ulcer and accelerates the healing process,” said Rahim Rahimi, assistant professor of materials engineering at Purdue University. “We’ve created a low-cost wearable Patches and kits to deliver ozone therapy.”
Ozone therapy is a gas-phase antibacterial treatment that is being used by an increasing number of patients in the United States. In most cases, ozone therapy requires the patient to travel to a clinical setting for treatment by a trained technician.
“Our breathable patch is applied to a wound and then connected to a small, battery-operated ozone-generating device, and the ozone gas is delivered to the surface of the skin where the wound is located, providing targeted therapy for wound healing,” Rahimi noted. .Our innovative technology is small and simple, suitable for patients to use at home.”
Team members worked with the Purdue Research Foundation Office of Technology Commercialization to patent the technology.
Inventors are looking for partners to continue developing their technology.