Moist Wound Healing

What is moist wound healing?

The idea of moist wound healing was born in 1962 when George D. Winter discovered that epithelisation, the process of wound closure, would proceed twice as fast in a moist environment than under a scab. Today, the principle of moist healing is generally accepted in the professional field, where many products have been developed for the healing of chronic wounds via moist wound therapy.

How can moist wound healing help to heal wounds faster and beautifully?

Covering up a wound with a moist wound healing product provides an optimal wound climate which will...
  • enable most favourable conditions for wound closure (epithelisation), the formation of new tissue and the immune system
  • let the healing process remain undisturbed and ensure faster healing
  • prevent scab formation to optimize cell migration and reduce the likelihood of scarring
Allowing wounds to heal in a moist environment has many benefits. The three main advantages are:

1. Optimization of the wound healing process

Moist wound therapy helps to create and maintain optimal conditions for wound healing and cell growth. The wound exudate acts as a transport medium for many bioactive molecules that ensure new tissue to form co-ordinately. Cells will grow, divide and migrate at an increased rate to optimize the wound healing process.

2. Faster healing

Clinical studies prove that the wound healing process is faster in a moist wound environment*.

* Wigger-Alberti W et al., Journal of Wound Care 2009; 18(5):208-14

As optimum wound conditions are created, the pace of cell growth and the formation of new tissue is increased. This speeds up wound healing by up to 50%!

3. Prevention of scarring and assurance beautiful healing

In a moist environment, scabs are prevented, which inhibit the formation of new tissue. If wounds heal without scabs and the wound healing process remains undisturbed, the likelihood of scarring is decreased and results in improved cosmetic results.

What is it?

The wound pad of Elastoplast Fast Healing is made of a special polyurethane matrix and covered with a thin polyurethane film. The material generates optimal conditions for moist wound healing. It allows the absorption of wound fluid but leaves essential proteins in the wound. The polyurethane is tolerated by sensitive skin, waterproof, yet breathable, and permeable to water vapour. The wound pad sticks to healthy skin, but not to the wound, ensuring painless plaster changes and an undisturbed wound healing.

How does it help?

Clinical studies demonstrate an up to 50% faster wound healing process . By providing optimal moist wound healing conditions the Elastoplast polyurethane technology improves the natural wound healing process*: cell renewal and movement is supported and thus facilitates the formation of new tissue. Further, the polyurethane technology cushions the wound, is thin and flexible, and can be used for wounds in almost any area of the body. 

* Wigger-Alberti et al., J Wound Care 2009; 18(5):208, 210-4