‘Electric Bandage’ Developed by NASA Promotes the Wound Healing Process

Can electric activity facilitate wound healing? NASA says “Yes”. The American Space Agency, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) recently developed an innovative bandage that uses electric charge to heal the wound in considerably less time.

A slim, self-contained alternative to electrical stimulation devices for accelerated wound healing, this high-tech, innovative electro-active bandage provides several benefits including:Electric Bandage Developed by NASA

  • Faster wound healing
  • Minimizes infection or other related complications such as amputation or illness
  • Active healing and wound protection – two in one

It is a proven fact that applying small amounts of electricity to the surrounding tissue of the cuts can heal the wound more quickly. The Electric Bandage produces small amounts of electricity while being in constant contact with another surface which includes the human skin.

The fibers of the bandage are made of Polyvinylidene Flouride (PVDF). No external power source is required, as the bandage is made of an electro-active material that is stimulated by the heat of the body and the pressure of cell growth. Even normal body temperature can activate the PVDF fiber’s healing powers. The bandage is also proven to minimize the risk of infection or other related complications such as amputation or illness.

According to NASA, this bandage could be used by military personnel wounded in the field, patients who have undergone surgery or who have suffered a serious wound and astronauts in space.

Choose an Appropriate Tool for Proper Wound Care Documentation

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