The Association of Foamed Plastics and Polyurethanes annual conference highlighted innovations including those it honoured as the industry’s 2013 ‘lighthouse’ ideas.
Polyurethane wound care
Petra Hertel outlined how a polyurethane solution can provide a lifeline to people recovering from wounds.
Hertel, of Ausbuttel and Co, told delegates how wound management could be a life-changing experience and that badly-managed care could lead to severe disfigurement.
Longer life expectancy and demographic change had impacted the wound care sector, which she said has grown by more than 85% since 2007.
Hertel spoke of the growing medical devices market and raised the prospect of a 3D dressing for special wounds which she believes could arise out of the combination of current know-how for molding with innovative materials.
Hertel said: “The speed of healing is quicker within a moister environment. With this in mind, the very first hydrcolloid wound dressing was developed – an absorbent carboxymethylcellulose-coated on a polyurethane film.”
She told the audience that further materials, such as polyurethanes foams and alginates followed. Hertel said the technological interaction that occurs within this combination of foam, film and adhesive provides “outstanding medical products.”