ReCell, a spray-on skin product designed to treat burns with a slurry of the patient’s own skin cells.
“You just spray it on the patient, on the burned area,” said the product developers.
It’s the first spray-on skin product to win approval for the U.S. market.
Close to half a million people get burns so bad that they need medical treatment, according to the American Burn Association.
The current standard of care for serious burns is a skin graft. But skin grafts mean cutting away healthy skin to lay over the burns, which results in even more skin to heal. Plus, it’s painful.
Patients often end up with disfiguring scars both on the burned area and on the skin where the graft was taken from.
Spray-on skin instead takes a small skin sample, turn it into a solution, and coat the burnt area with a thin layer of skin cells that can grow back and cover the wound.
For a standard skin graft, surgeons usually must remove an area of healthy skin no smaller than three-quarters of the size of the wound, then stretch it over the damaged area. “So if a person has burns covering 10 percent of their body, the area of the skin graft that would be required is about equal to a grown adult’s full back,”.
“You create new wounds when you take those skin samples to cover the burn.”
The spray reduces that skin requirement by around 97% , heals the wound faster and reduces the hospital stay.
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