Challenge Biomedical Science – Nanotechnology Elastoplast SILVER HEALING ™ Minor accidents such as cuts, grazes and everyday knocks are part of an active life. Normally bandages are used to protect wounds from dirt and infection, and to absorb blood or exudate. But most ordinary wounds are contaminated with bacteria even before applying a bandage, leading to possible complications during the natural healing process through wound infection. So, it is especially important that the wound is allowed to heal without any disturbances from the initial wound formation. That is what Elastoplast® SILVERHEALING™ does. SILVERHEALING™ = Optimal Healing By reducing the risk of infection from the beginning, Elastoplast® SILVERHEALING™ optimises the natural wound healing process. Silver is a natural antimicrobial ingredient that has been used for years by professionals in the field of wound healing, mainly because of its scientifically proven antimicrobial effect. Elastoplast® has now made the benefits of silver available for daily use at home. The antiseptic application of silver, a non-toxic, effective antimicrobial agent, is useful for the treatment of wounds – especially when the risk of infection exists or is suspected. The active ingredient prevents the growth of a broad spectrum of bacteria and fungi. At the same time, silver is a very skin-friendly and highly compatible agent to which – unlike many antibiotics – bacteria rarely build up resistance. To provide optimal healing support Elastoplast® has developed a wide range of bandages, for dry and moist wound healing, that release antimicrobial silver. PROVEN EFFICACY – CONTINUOUS RELEASE The innovative wound pad (patent pending) of new Elastoplast® SILVERHEALING™ bandages is either coated with a net of metallic silver (for dry wound healing) or contains silver particles within a polyurethane gel wound pad (moist wound healing). In both cases, the constantly released silver ions rapidly penetrate bacterial membranes and interact with enzymes and other proteins in bacteria, destroying the germ's cell structure. The colonisation of bacteria and consequently the risk of infection are reduced.