Saturday, October 12, 2013

Treating Severe Burns in the 21st Century: Meet the Skin Gun

Scientists from the United States have been developing a technological feat that would drastically reduce the recovery time for people experiencing severe burns and wounds. It isn't new, per se (it has been in development for at least 5 years, building on several previous models), but it's new (and interesting) to me. Alas.. Here we are.

Image Credit: A.D.A.M.
Image Credit: A.D.A.M.
Traditionally, when one suffers severe second or third degree burns, doctors must go through the tedious process of grafting, where they surgically remove healthy sections of a person's own skin and tissue which is subsequently reconstructed and replaced with the damaged skin. This process can be long, fraught and painful. There is also always the possibility looming that the body will reject the tissue taken from the donor site or it could become infected.

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