Comparative Analysis of Collagen and Chitosan-based Dressing for Haemostatic and Wound Healing Application


Collagen and chitosan have haemostatic, tissue fix and wound healing properties but the poor mechanical property limits their application. Therefore, various concentrations of collagen (1–6%) and chitosan (1–2%) were used to develop biopolymer-coated gauzes, with and without glycerol as plasticiser. Glycerol-treated gauzes showed desired mechanical and adhesive property in comparison to polymer-coated gauzes alone. Developed gauzes were characterized using differential scanning calorimetry, thermal gravimetric analysis and Fourier transform infrared spectrophotometry to confirm the biopolymer coating and stability. Scanning electron microscopy showed multilayer coating of the biopolymer and faster clotting in chitosan gauzes in comparison to collagen. Surface plasmon resonance assay confirmed that chitosan exhibited more binding affinity of 65 RU in comparison to collagen, which showed 55 RU with erythrocytes. Decrease in the value of plateletcrit and mean platelet volume confirmed platelet adhesion and aggregation over the surface of polymer-coated dressings. Gamma scintigraphy studies showed 85 ± 2% formulation retention up to 12 h at the wound site in comparison to 40 ± 3% retention of the radiopharmaceutical alone. Collagen and chitosan-coated gauze showed 226 ± 15 s and 179 ± 12 s haemostasis time, respectively, which was significantly less from 506 ± 15 s in standard gauze. Chitosan gauze showed faster wound healing in comparison to the collagen-coated gauze. Chitosan and collagen-coated gauzes showed 55 ± 4% wound contraction on day seven in comparison to 25 ± 2% in the control group, while chitosan gauzes showed complete wound contraction on day fourteenth, while the collagen-coated gauze showed 90 ± 3% on the same day.

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This work was supported by a grant from the Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences-Defence Research and Development Organization (INMAS-DRDO), New Delhi. Grant No. INM/321.

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Tripathi, D., Rastogi, K., Tyagi, P. et al. Comparative Analysis of Collagen and Chitosan-based Dressing for Haemostatic and Wound Healing Application. AAPS PharmSciTech 22, 76 (2021).

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  • biopolymer
  • collagen
  • chitosan
  • gamma scintigraphy
  • haemostasis