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Groundbreaking Scientist Sujata Jolly creates a stir with her Innovative Dry Wound Healing Theory

At India Link’s Business Forum early last year, Sujata Jolly, the scientist behind Youki The Wound Healer, addressed an audience consisting of eminent medical and business personnel. Sujata talked about the downside of existing wound management practice which she found, in many cases, to be unnecessarily expensive, somewhat inefficient and environmentally unfriendly.

Modern wound healing theory, commonly known as moist wound healing, emanated from the work of Winter (1962, 63) on superficial pig wounds; it is no exaggeration to say that it soon became the “gold standard”. This methodology formed the basis of wound care and the development of wound dressings over the decades. Sujata, in her presentation, spoke about her work on a new theory – “dry wound healing”. India Link covered the event in the April/May 2006 issue and many business forum members and our readers expressed a desire to follow the progress of her work.

Sujata in her calm and gentle demeanour relentlessly challenged the sole reliance on moist wound healing across the whole spectrum of wounds. Although her voice initially remained in wilderness, her perseverance and confidence in her innovation has finally crossed the threshold of recognition. Sujata’s theory of “dry wound healing” – yes that is what they are presently calling it – and her delivery system, Youki The Wound Healer, have now undergone a clinical study at St Christopher’s Hospice in conjunction with King’s College London. The researcher, Jane McManus, found the results from using Youki extremely promising and recommended that Sujata’s theory of wound healing warranted further investigated.

Now, Youki and the theory of dry wound healing, is being as considered with a view to more challenging applications than routine skin lacerations and wounds. Preliminary discussions have already started for two further clinical studies of Youki. One is expected to be on Epidermolysis Bullosa, typically known as EB, where blistering and shearing of the skin occurs even from the gentlest touch. EB is a genetic condition and existing wound management is usually has its limitations. The other study is expected to be on burns patients.

In the meantime, Youki, a Class 1 Medical Device, is currently being used on chronic wounds such as leg ulcers and diabetic foot ulcers by patients who have been disappointed with the conventional treatments either through their own choice or upon the recommendation of their nurse or physician.

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