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.
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.
Compound being developed to help patients with scars from keloids and severe burns.
Scars are an unsightly reminder of past injuries and old trauma. Luckily, there are quite a few ways to deal with them. Research has demonstrated that massage can deal with the pain and itching associated with scarring. Meanwhile, mild skin products and silicon gels can reduce scars’ appearance. There is also data proving that silicone-based wound dressings can prevent scars from forming in the first place. Now, there is a new, equally promising treatment for scars on the horizon, courtesy of researchers from the American Chemical Society.
Burn wounds can cause lasting changes.
Nearly everyone has experienced a burn wound at some point. In the daily course of living, whether it’s in cooking or laying out in the sun for too long on the beach, we expose ourselves to that risk frequently. However, some burns are much more serious than others. There are many kinds of burns, and they come from many sources. Some are minor and can be treated with burn cream and waiting out the blister that forms, while others require extensive medical attention and a long period of wound care at home after the procedure.
Researchers at National University in Singapore have discovered a new process for how the body heals wounds.
One of the most advanced wound healing methods is the artificial skin – for chronic wounds that do not heal, or take extended periods to heal, artificial skin can provide the added layer of protection that is needed to prompt the wound to mend. However, while there have been large improvements in the effectiveness of artificial skin or even grown skin, details as to how our tissues naturally grow have yet to be uncovered.
A recent study conducted by National University in Singapore, may provide added details as to how our skin regenerates, and may improve our efforts to grow and create tissues for future wound care.