Health and Medical News from Universiti Putra Malaysia
UPM creates new wound dressing for diabetic patients

Professor Dr Rosfarizan Mohamad showing her product innovation "Medicated Wound Dressing" for chronic wounds, especially diabetic patients at the press conference held at Putra Science Park, UPM

A team of Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) researchers has succeeded in producing a medicated wound dressing using a combination of rotten starfruit and bitter gourd extract suitable for diabetic patients, reported The New Straits Times from Kuala Lumpur.

The gel healer is capable of healing wounds in less than 48 hours or two days. Other similar healers imported from the United States and the Philippines usually take more than 48 hours to heal the wounds.

Head of research team, Professor Dr Rosfarizan Mohamad said the innovation that uses green technology is offering a cheaper medicated wound dressing at a price of 40 sen per gram compared to other products priced at RM2 per gram.

"This product is based on the use of bacterial nanocellulose produced from the locally isolated bacteria found in rotten starfruit and silver nanoparticles preparation from the bitter gourd extracts.

"This combination produces a new product known as bacterial nanocellulose silver nanoparticles composite or green composite.

The wound dressing innovation using rotten starfruits and bitter gourd extracts

"The green composite is a new and novel product for chronic wound healing and dressing materials targeting the diabetic patients," she said at a press conference announcing the discovery held at Putra Science Park, UPM yesterday, Wednesday 29 May 2019.

Also present was Putra Science Park Director Professor Dr Samsilah Roslan.

Rosfarizan, who is also the Deputy Dean (Research and Graduate), Faculty of Biotechnology and Biomoleculer Sciences, said this innovation demonstrates eco and environmentally-friendly features.

"It is a simple procedure which is more economical and green. It has both antimicrobial and healing properties. It is proven and tested to be more effective on chronic and traumatic wounds, which is suitable for diabetic patients," she said.

The product can be directly applied to the wound as gel, or can be prepared as another layer or film in bandage, or in solution form as sprayer.

The innovation won a Gold medal at the Invention, Innovation and Technology Exhibition Malaysia (TEX) 2019 on 4 May 2019. It also received a grant from UPM amounting to RM50,000.

The research started in 2016 and expected to complete by 2021.

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