No “Ouch” Band Aids in Our Future

Last week, at the direction of my physician, I had my blood drawn by my staff to monitor some chronic medication issues. My medical assistant, per usual, placed a band aid over the puncture site before I could object.

I went to work and forgot about it. Nine hours later getting into the shower I saw it and painfully yanked it off and with some of my hair. The next morning, that area looked like it had been punched by Mohammed Ali in his prime.

Ironically, I just read a review from an Israeli magazine of a gel or spray-on transparent polymer bandage. It hardens after application and dissolves with an ice pack or cold water. It stays firm and flexible in warm water so you can shower or bathe with it on. You can examine the healing wound through the transparent bandage.

The development of this new bandage took five years and was the idea of Professor Daniel Cohn, an expert on polymers. With a private investor, they started Inteligels and are in the final stages of receiving FDA and European Union approval. The plan is to first market it for chronic conditions to institutions to treat diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers and conditions where the injury to the wound surrounding tissue causes skin disruption and pain.

A home bandage version is still several years off but is in the development stages. This is promising.