Wound management is a major contributor towards the economic burden placed upon the national health service (NHS), serving as an important target for the development of advanced therapeutic interventions. The economic expenditure of wound care for the NHS exceeds £5 billion per annum, thus presenting a significant opportunity for the introduction of alternative treatments in regards to their approach in tackling the ever increasing prevalence of wound management associated problems. As most wounds typically fall under the acute or chronic category, it is therefore necessary to design a therapeutic intervention capable of effectively resolving the pathologies associated with each problem. Such an intervention should be of increased economic viability and therapeutic effectiveness when compared to standardized treatments, thus helping to alleviate the financial burden imposed upon the NHS. The purpose of this review is to critically analyse the various aspects associated with wound management, detailing the fundamental concepts of dermal regeneration, whilst also providing an evaluation of the different materials and methods that can be utilised to achieve maximal wound regeneration. The primary aspects of this review revolve around the three concepts of antibacterial methodology, enhancement of dermal regeneration and the utilisation of a carrier medium to facilitate the regenerative process. Each aspect is explored, conveying its justifications as a target for dermal regeneration, whilst offering various solutions towards the fulfilment of a therapeutic design that is both effective and financially feasible.
- wound management
- regenerative medicine