Cutting-edge tech devices are making headlines – but not for the reason you may think.
Cutting-edge tech devices are making headlines – but not for the reason you may think. The news has been buzzing about many of today’s hottest gadgets not for their explosive popularity, but for their tendency to actually explode.
Binding the bacteria in burn wounds has proven to be an effective way to avoid infection.
In 2011 alone, 486,000 patients received medical attention for burn injuries, according to figures published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These wounds are particularly susceptible to infection, which requires medical professionals to be frequently updated on the healing process.
Small burns can happen almost anywhere, anytime
Small burns can happen almost anywhere, anytime. Whether you’re making tea or curling your hair, one wrong move can leave you with a painful, pesky, first-degree injury. These wounds, while still important to attend to, can often be taken care of at home.
Presbyterian hospital in New York is taking a multi-tiered approach to treating burns.
Caring for burns, regardless of severity, is one of the more complicated approaches in the entirety of the wound care industry. Given the depth of these injuries, and how easy it easy to make large-scale mistakes, researchers are always finding new ways to treat burns.
In the last few months alone, there have been a number of exciting developments, including a SkinGun that uses stem cells to repair burns and a video game system to help patients cope with dressing changes.
Now, a group of doctors from the New York-Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell Medical Center are taking a slightly different approach to treating burns.
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.