Commercial alginates are produced from marine brown seaweed and have been used successfully for decades in the wound care environment.
Alginates are bioactive (have an effect on a living organism) and hydrophilic (attracted to water).
A gel is formed between the alginate and the wound, the wound secretions and bacterial contamination are minimized which promotes wound healing.
Alginates have been used more recently in wound care in various forms for over fifty years.
Alginates promote autolytic debridement (breakdown of damaged tissue) rapid epithelialization and formation of granulation tissue.
Because alginates are hydrophilic.
Alginates absorb wound fluid which reduces bacterial contamination.
Alginates contain calcium essential in the clotting mechanism.
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Oakmed alginate adhesives contain not just a trace element but 15% alginate which is significant enough to promote all the above mentioned properties. Therefore alginate:
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There is much research about the benefits of alginates in wound healing. A selection of articles is here for further reading.