E-bandages use electricity to speed up skin wound healing

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Scientists have developed a new electric bandage (“e-bandage”) that uses an electric field to speed up the rate of skin wound healing. The technology, which was recently detailed in the journal ACS Nano, was successfully used to speed up wound healing on rats, hinting at a potential treatment for diabetic ulcers and other wounds that take too long to heal.

Though skin is typically very capable of healing itself, some conditions and types of wounds can persist for long periods of time, increasing the risk of infection and other issues. Speeding up wound healing could be key to avoiding a number of complications, but methods to achieve this are slim…