The SkinGun device for treating severe burns is making headway in a number of ongoing trials.
Burn injuries are a real serious health issues across the U.S. In 2016 alone, there were an estimated 486,000 hospitalizations due to these injuries, according to the American Burn Association. In order to better treat these severe injuries, doctors are always looking for new treatments to help reduce the risk of infection and regrow tissue more efficiently.
One of the more recent advancements comes from a team out of Pittsburgh, which designed a special device to treat the worst burns. The so-called SkinGun works by applying stem cells to the burn, at which point the normal wound healing process is sped up. Early trials held at Pittsburgh’s UPMC Mercy Hospital Burn and Trauma Units have had some promising success, with faster healing times and less overall scar tissue.
Now, the SkinGun is making its way into other hospitals for early clinical trials.
This method of combating infections could help millions of patients who deal with drug-resistant bacteria.
For 2016 alone, the American Burn Association estimated that 486,000 people underwent treatment. As if burns weren’t already debilitating enough, many of these same people then have to deal with secondary infections that can prove especially complicated to treat.
In fact, per a report from the National Institutes of Health, infection is the primary cause for 75 percent of all cases in which a person experiences burns over at least 40 percent of their body. As Medscape pointed out, there are several ways to treat burn infections – specialized vaccines, antibacterial ointments, etc. – but they’re not always effective.
Now, though, there is new hope courtesy of a team from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.
The patented system delivers a solution of stem cells to quickly and efficiently heal the most intense burns.
In recent months, there have been a number of exciting breakthroughs in treating moderate to severe burns, injuries which affect millions of people each year.
In spring 2016, a team from Switzerland unveiled new bandages to treat the most severe burns, with man-made molecules delivering drugs directly into the wound site. More recently, researchers from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center developed a technique to fight burn infection by blinding the bacterium with special chemicals.
Today, another breakthrough arrives courtesy of a research team from the University of Pittsburgh, and it’s a novel approach to healing burns quickly and effectively.
A new bandage has been developed to help burns heal faster and avoid infections.
According to the National Institutes of Health, there are an average of 3,800 burn-related deaths in the U.S. each year. A number of those fatalities stem from infections, which are even prevalent in non-life-threatening burn cases. That’s because burns destroy various layers of skin that serve as our body’s primary defense against infectious microbes, according to Pennsylvania State’s Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. There are already several effective ways to treat a burn, but science is continually finding new methods and technologies (like using video games to address burn pain).
The latest development comes from Switzerland’s Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne. The research team has developed bandages that could greatly reduce infections in burn patients.
A new study has found that certain video games can improve pain and functionality in burn victims.
Some people see video games as a distraction or at best a toy that offers little real-world value. However, if used properly, video games can have a number of mental and emotional benefits, according to the American Psychological Association. These include improving social skills, boosting learning capability and improving overall cognitive function. Video games may also provide the basis for improved wound care regimens. As The Star Online reported, Australian researchers are using the Nintendo Wii to help reduce pain in burn victims.