All articles by Ramesh Yada

Ramesh Yada

A helping hand

Scarring can leave a hand unusable after trauma – but what if it could move during healing? Eleanor Wilson speaks to Christopher Allan, co-lead of the team behind the ReHeal glove, a flexible negative-pressure therapy for hands with tissue damage.

A new spin on things

Researchers at Montana Technological University have developed a portable electrospinning device that can safely deposit bandages and drugs directly on to biological surfaces, using air flow to cover wounds with fibres that provide controlled drug release over time. Tim Gunn asks associate professor of mechanical engineering Jack Skinner and his team about what their technology can do for wound care in rural areas.

Skin in the game

Scientists have designed a new method for post-operative wound closing and healing that is fast and effective. It revolves around engineered ‘cell sheets’, layers of skin-based cells. The procedure results in a wound dressing that is custom-made for a specific cut or lesion that can be used to effectively treat open skin areas after surgeries. Dave Callaghan speaks to Junji Fukuda, a professor at the Faculty of Engineering at Yokohama National University, about the potential applications.

Defend against infection

Healthcare-associated infections can be significantly reduced by systematically implementing evidence-based infection prevention and control strategies, according to a recent review published in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA). Kerry Taylor-Smith speaks to Keith Kaye, professor of medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Michigan Medical School, about how hospitals can improve infection prevention and control practices, regardless of the economic status of the country.