Researchers from the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IIT Guwahati) have created a transparent, biodegradable film that encourages wound healing.

The polymer-based hydrogel film, which is composed of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) combined with a natural polymer starch, is non-toxic and creates a moist environment that encourages the body to heal via endogenous enzymes.

Source: ITT GuwahatiSource: ITT Guwahati

In addition to being biodegradable, the wound-dressing film is also biocompatible, easy to remove, super absorbent and inexpensive to manufacture, according to its developers.

Unlike standard wound dressings — cotton wool, lint and gauze for instance — the transparent film is easy to remove and reduces the risk of damaging healed tissue. Additionally, the film prevents the accumulation of exudate and adjusts to the changing shape of a healing wound, thereby preventing scar formation.

The film is described in greater detail in the International Journal of Biological Macromolecules.

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