Barrier Dressings for Wounds

Part of the Topics in Applied Chemistry book series (TAPP)


The skin is the largest human organ and is the essential interface between the host and its environment. Among the major functions of this organ are mechanisms that provide heat loss or heat retention; water loss or water retention; elimination of waste via exfoliation; protection against penetration of ultraviolet light; touch location of physical objects; and, perhaps most obviously, protection of underlying tissues from microbial pathogens contacted in the environment. Methods to establish an artificial barrier function over damaged skin by use of bandages, compresses, poultices, and other devices have been recorded during all phases of medical history. Today, there are adequate methods and devices for skin closure and/or bandaging at medical institutions capable of providing definitive surgical care, for example, hospital emergency and operating suites. The general availability of such facilities and emergency medical transportation systems are basic infrastructure components of modern societies. The wide variety of sizes, shapes, materials, and mechanical devices necessary to accomplish this level of wound care, however, is dependent upon an extensive logistic and storage base.


Polyvinyl Acetate Water Vapor Transport Miniemulsion Polymerization Water Vapor Transmission Rate Monomer Droplet 


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  1. 1.Georgia Institute of TechnologyAtlantaUSA

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