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Posted on: 25-11-14
Plaster may replace injections for premature babies

Researchers have come out with an all new developed UV activated membrane, that could be used instead of injections or probes. This membrane (plaster) will possibly deliver drugs to premature babies. It has a tendency to release a gentle dose of medication to the skin of a patient.

It could be given to a child without stressing the child much. The plaster that delivers drug through the membrane, can very well stuck to the skin membrane of the premature baby, after this process the tiny patient can be provided with a continuous dose of any medicine or substances.

From past few years, premature babies are given caffeine in order to prevent respiratory ailments .The plaster, which delivers drug through the membrane, can be simply stuck to the skin of the premature baby, after which it will provide the tiny patient with a continuous dose of, say, caffeine for several hours, without stressing the child as an injection would have done.

For some years now premature babies have been given caffeine to prevent respiratory arrest. The membrane developed at the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology changes its properties when it is irradiated with ultraviolet (UV) light."A similar effect is seen in photochromatic sunglasses, where silver-doped glass reacts to UV light by darkening," the researchers noted. When activated, these make the membrane more permeable, so that the drug is able to pass through it more rapidly, a capability which is retained for several hours.

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