Journal of Wound Care, Vol. 20, Iss. 9, 08 Sep 2011, pp 424 - 430
Hyaluronan, a glycosaminoglycan (GAG), is a polysaccharide found in many locations in the human body, such as eye, skin and soft tissue. It is also found in other mammals and bacteria. As a component of the extracellular matrix, its role in wound repair, among others, is that of providing a temporary structure to support new tissue formation. Harnessing the therapeutic action of hyaluronan into a topical application of proven clinical benefit has proved challenging. A new development in hyaluronan technology, comprising sodium hyaluronate and iodine complex, offers a novel approach in exploiting the benefits of hyaluronan and delivering real clinical benefits for a wide range of wound types.