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SZU professor invents “invisible gloves” for Wuhan: A repair protective gear that can be washed away

Frontline medical workers from hospitals in Wuhan and those sent from other cities are overloaded with work and under great pressure because the COVID-19 has raged in Wuhan since the Spring Festival. Many of them suffer from dermatitis on their faces and hands caused by wearing protective equipment and using disinfectant for a long time. After hearing about it, Dr.Wu Yiguang from SZU’s College of Chemistry and Environment brought heart-warming protection to medical workers by donating new products for protecting and repairing injuries to the hospitals in Hubei province, which were invented by his team.

Bringing their professional knowledge into full play, Wu’s team contacted Wuhan Union Hospital, Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University, Wuhan Red Cross Hospital and Tianyou Hospital as soon as they heard about the condition of medical workers, and donated 1800 tubes of Anpushu (安普舒) Wound-care Ointments, 1440 bottles Anpushu Dressing Sprays, with a market value of around 520 thousand yuan. The second batch of donated products is worth around 180 thousand yuan, including 600 tubes of Anpushu Wound-care Ointments and 540 bottles of Anpushu Dressing Sprays, which will be sent to Hankou Hospital in Wuhan and the People’s Hospital, the Second People’s Hospital, the Third People’s Hospital, the Fifth People’s Hospital in Jingzhou.

These two batches of donated goods contain high-tech medical devices for wound healing, invented by Shenzhen University, and produced by Jiangxi Guangzhi Jinhui Medical Products CO LTD. Novel marine biomaterials and bionic technology were used to produce these devices, which help ideal wound repair by balanced treatment, promoting natural healing and long term prevention of viral infections.

Wu Yiguang explains that it is important for frontline medical workers to avoid close contact with others to prevent infection but long-time use of protective gear such as masks and goggles will rub their foreheads and even cause blisters. The recurring erosion from latex gloves, disinfectant, sanitizer also damages the medical workers’ skin. If the wound isn’t treated well, the risk of infections will be higher. Besides, traditional disinfectant can’t block germs and viruses in the long term. To solve this problem Wu’s team has developed the right product because the cationic polymer amino-dextran in it can form a dense but air-permeable physical barrier as a shield against germs and viruses. Spraying this kind of dressing is like wearing an “invisible glove” which is without toxic side effects, safe for the human body and can be removed by washing.

So far the first batch of donated products of Wu’s team from SZU has been sent to Wuhan Union Hospital, Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University, Wuhan Red Cross Hospital and Tianyou Hospital. Preparations for the second batch of donated goods are well under way.