Bioactive Wound Care Market to Keep Growing

Bioactive Wound CareThe bioactive wound care market is growing rapidly, but just how rapidly is proved by the IndustryARC report which states that the Bioactive Wound Care market could reach USD 4.9 billion by the year 2020, due to rapid technological advancements.

How Bioactive Dressings Make a Difference

The procedures in normal wound healing are quite ineffective to treat serious wound conditions such as pressure ulcers, venous ulcers, diabetic foot ulcers and also acute conditions such as full-thickness burn injuries. In situations such as these, bioactive wound dressing technology enables the body to improve and strengthen its power to heal. Bioactive dressings are able to fight microbial infections and can therefore control the infection and quicken the healing process. The other advantage is that they reduce pain, odor and leakage resulting from the wounds.

Bioactive wound care dressings can consist of various materials such as keratin, chitosan, collagens, hydrocolloids, alginates and silver. These materials do much more than protect wounds from the environment – they actively participate in the healing and infection fighting process. That’s a significant advantage which is why the bioactive wound care market, though a niche market currently, is expected to grow in the aforementioned, forecasted period.

Demand for Bioactive Wound Care Set to Increase

The demand for bioactive dressings from patients all over the world is expected to increase as wound dressers, physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals realize the massive advantages these intelligent dressings offer. So while the market is at the birth stage, it has the potential to dominate the wound care market and replace conventional dressings.

Ultimately, bioactive wound dressings can reduce treatment time which also helps save overall costs for patients. This, coupled with their natural healing benefits, can soon make the demand for these dressings significantly greater. A major chunk of this demand would be for silver dressings since these are probably the most efficient of all bioactive dressings. Honey dressings are expected to decrease in demand since there are more efficient bioactive dressings such as foam and alginate dressings.

Bioactive Materials

Statistics claim that 25% of the diabetic population is likely to develop diabetic foot ulcers during their lifetime. This was one of the factors that influenced the development and eventual introduction of bioactive dressings. Back in the late 1980s, when they first came to be used, materials included honey, hydrocolloids and semi-permeable films. Later the focus began shifting to silver. Silver has long been known to be antimicrobial in nature. One can probably remember the silver sulphadiazine cream that was used for treating burns. The one disadvantage of silver is that it is more expensive than the other bioactive dressings available, but that is made up for by its healing properties.

Iodine and Silver

Iodine and silver dressings are a common combination. They are claimed to probably be the only dressings in the United States that effectively combine antimicrobial action over a broad spectrum and bacterial toxin management along with odor control. These dressings are intended to be used in full or partial thickness wounds, examples of which are diabetic ulcers, venous ulcers, pressure ulcers, and chronic and acute wounds.

North America contributed the highest to the revenue share of bioactive wound care dressings in the fiscal year ended 2015. This is predicted to continue all the way till 2020. One of the reasons could be the greater incidence of acute and chronic wounds, a larger geriatric population, and the healthcare reimbursement policies of the government that aid such treatments more.

Advanced Wound Care EMR Essential

In spite of the advancements in wound dressings, efficient monitoring and documentation are still essential for better and faster healing. That’s where an advanced wound care EMR comes in handy. Clear records aid in efficient wound management, in recording and reporting the location of the wound, its age, size, characteristics such as odor, consistency, amount of drainage, etc. A dedicated and high tech wound EMR will document the nature of the wound at every stage, which will help in improving wound care.