The Issues
Battlefield Wounds

Deep Tissue Wound

Although battlefield fatality is less than half of what it has been in previous wars, battlefield injury is at its highest[1, 2]. These wounds are often associated with profuse bleeding, pain, inflammation and infection, leading to increased pressure, reduced blood flow (ischemia) and eventually a condition known as compartment syndrome. Proper re-establishment of blood flow in a wound has potential to eliminate compartment syndrome and set the stage for regeneration. Smart drug delivery systems can be applied to expedite proper healing in practically any wound-healing environment such as bone/craniofacial where the presence and absence of numerous factors is critical to simulating the natural wound healing process.

Growth Factors 

  1. Connolly, C., U.S. Combat Fatality Rate Lowest Ever, in Washington Post. 2004: Washington. 
  2. 2. Vlahos, K.B. Soldiers' Lives Saved But Injuries Persist Long After Battle. 2006 [cited 2007 September 11].