Prodigiosin dressings may save lives in war


The research team of Prof. Sławomir Ciesielski from the Department of Biotechnology in Environmental Protection at the Faculty of Geoengineering of the University of Warmia and Mazury (UWM) in Olsztyn, developed a method of fractionating and binding the separated prodigiosin fractions with the dressing. “Laboratory tests of bacterial inoculation have shown that golden and cutaneous staphylococcus does not develop on dressings with prodigiosin”, writes Lech Kryszałowicz, editor-in-chief of UWM University News.

“Such dressings can be useful wherever it is not possible to quickly clean the wound, e.g. in field conditions, especially during military operations”, said Prof. Ciesielski and stated that “staphylococci may develop in such wounds after a few hours, which makes their treatment difficult, and in extreme cases may even lead to infection of the entire body and death of the injured person”.

“The use of alternative antibacterial compounds is important due to the problem of antibiotic resistance. The market will soon be dominated by antibacterial drugs to which pathogens have not yet developed resistance”, adds Prof. Ciesielski.

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