Electric Bandages Defeat Infection, New Study Finds

Medical science has known for years that bandages with electrical currents running through them can heal wounds faster than regular bandages or even antibiotics, but no one knew why. However, recent research at OSU is giving us new insight about why this is true and the findings have the potential to lead to advanced wound treating science.

Bandages such as these will belong in a subsection of therapy known as electroceuticals. As one expects, this simply means using electrical impulses to treat medical problems.
Published in the journal called Scientific Reports, the study is the first of its kind. Though the technology has been around since about 2013, it is only now we are starting to understand why electroceutical bandages kill bacteria around a wound, causing faster healing.

Small communities of microorganisms, biofilms (which can include bacteria), live on skin and on the surface of wounds. These biofilms use extracellular polymeric substances to protect themselves; these are fats and proteins that create a protective barrier for the colony that protect if from something like antibiotics. Traditional methods of healing do little to defeat these colonies around wounds, preventing healing.

The outcome of the study demonstrated that electroceutical bandages, when made from the correct materials, destroy these EPS films that protect the bacterial colonies.

Medical science has known for years that bandages with electrical currents running through them can heal wounds faster than regular bandages or even antibiotics, but no one knew why. However, recent research at OSU is giving us new insight about why this is true and the findings have the potential to lead to advanced wound treating science.
Bandages such as these will belong in a subsection of therapy known as electroceuticals. As one expects, this simply means using electrical impulses to treat medical problems.
Published in the journal called Scientific Reports, the study is the first of its kind. Though the technology has been around since about 2013, it is only now we are starting to understand why electroceutical bandages kill bacteria around a wound, causing faster healing.
Small communities of microorganisms, biofilms (which can include bacteria), live on skin and on the surface of wounds. These biofilms use extracellular polymeric substances to protect themselves; these are fats and proteins that create a protective barrier for the colony that protect if from something like antibiotics. Traditional methods of healing do little to defeat these colonies around wounds, preventing healing.
The outcome of the study demonstrated that electroceutical bandages, when made from the correct materials, destroy these EPS films that protect the bacterial colonies.