Spider-Man-like surgical gun for burns spits out ‘skin replacement’

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The Israeli firm claims that the system helps patients to move easily and removes the need for painful bandages.

Doctors have started using a medical weapon in Europe, India and Israel which spins out a protective mesh to cover burns and wounds. They are hoping that the breathable “skin substitute” will help patients heal without changing painful bandages.

Nanomedic, an Israeli company that has created the Spincare method, claims that its device allows more mobility for patients – often necessary for burn recovery – and also allows them to shower, which can be difficult with conventional bandages. The transparent coating it produces allows the wound to be treated by medical professionals without touching it, the company says.

Rob Lyon, managing director of Spincare’s UK-based distributor, said burns can be extremely hard to clothe, making bandaging a pain.

‘Spincare is a non-contact device,’ said Lyon, whose business, Regen Medical, specializes in healing products for burns and wounds. Lyon said the protective mesh “mimics skin,” enabling patients to move more easily.

The technique of electrospinning, using electricity to produce nanofibers from a solution, has been used for years, including in the medical field. Nanomedic claims its system, however, is much smaller than the currently available large electrospinning machines, meaning it can be brought to the bedside of a patient.

Gary J. Sagiv, vice president of marketing and distribution for the company, said that the product was used by one hospital in Germany for wounds on the face, where large dressings can be bulky. Others have used it on diabetic wounds, Sagiv said, which can develop chronic foot wounds that can lead to amputations.

In comparison with other advanced wound dressings for hospitals, Sagiv, who was unwilling to provide a price because it differs by region, maintained that Spincare is inexpensive.

Baljit Dheansa, a physician specializing in burns and scarring in the United Kingdom, said he had used Spincare at Queen Victoria Hospital in Sussex for five patients, with good results for superficial burns. “You have this fine, whitish thing on it that’s pretty robust and seems to be able to handle most things,”You’ve got this fine white thing on it that’s pretty strong and seems to be able to handle most things.

For deep burns, it is less effective, he said, but clarified that Nanomedic did not say that Spincare is useful for deep burns.

Dheansa said the product comes at a time when there is controversy in the medical community about whether it is detrimental to the conventional method of changing dressings periodically to assess wounds.

Multiple individual dressings currently used by doctors do not need to be changed much.

The idea of protecting a wound and letting nature do what it’s going to do,”Spincare is the same kind of concept – the idea of protecting a wound and letting nature do what it’s going to do,”Spincare is the same kind of concept. In the sense that it is an adhesive dressing that lasts, it is not entirely new, but it is a novel way to apply it.

And it’s probably a little smoother in some respects, too.

“You get your system of laser-guided weapons… You’re just aiming it,’ he joked, referring to the laser pointer at the tip of the medical gun that helps target the user.

Dheansa said Queen Victoria Hospital has agreed to purchase more disposable capsules for the medication, and he plans to conduct research on the efficacy of the product.

“We strive to get a reasonably independent view of these topics as much as we can.

“Although a business is going to say that it does this and does that and does that, we have come in quite innocently and independently and said, “You say this, but let’s really see what it does.
So far, Spincare is “doing what it says on the tin.” Dheansa said.

It just means the patient doesn’t have to learn how to make dressings for this form of dressing, under the right conditions, and they’re a little more flexible and don’t have to think as much.

And they’re able to relax a little more.

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