Synthetic hydrogels. VI. Hydrogel composites as wound dressings and implant materials.


An overview is presented of the use of hydrogel composites as biomaterials. These range from laminates or coatings (in which a homogeneous hydrogel is used in conjunction with a more mechanically stable substrate), through blends of hydrogels with synthetic hydrophobic polymers, to the use of two-component systems in which water enhances the compatibility… (More)