Baby’s amniotic membrane to help save sight of trauma patients

Baby’s amniotic membrane to help save sight of trauma patients

  • Jul 06, 2016

Baby’s Amniotic Membrane to Help Save Sight of  Trauma Patients


Trauma patients with serious eye injuries including abrasions, burns, perforation and planned surgery in the eye will now benefit from a ground breaking sight-saving wound dressing made from amniotic membrane of babies delivered through Cesarean Section.
 
Amnion — the innermost layer of membrane from the amniotic sac is rich in collagen and a variety of growth factors that promote wound healing. It also has natural antibacterial properties, reduces pain immediately on contact with a wound and its usage is not influenced by patient’s blood group. `Amnion` for medical use till now required its cryogenic freezing at     (-) 80* and to be used within 48 hours.
 
Researchers at University of Nottingham’s School of Medicine have been successful in processing the membrane and preserving its therapeutic properties in a new easy-to-store dry format and have successfully prepared a biological dressing `Omnigen’. When applied, the natural moisture in the eye works to rehydrate the patch and immediately delivers 70% reduction in pain of the patient. It retains its antibacterial features and speeds up the healing process. It can be applied like a contact lens and can remain in the eye as a type of scaffold on which eye cells can subsequently grow to facilitate healing
 
Omnigen will help treatment of injured soldiers in the field or people living in remote areas. 
 
 
(Auth : https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/news)

 


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