In preparation for treatment, a small healthy piece of the patient’s skin sample is taken, from which the so-called “Spray-On Skin” preparation is made. The process only takes 30 minutes, so it can be used soon after a burn occurs and unlike traditional autografts doesn’t require a lot of skin to be harvested (only 1/80 the size of the wound), though it can be used alongside autografts. Not only is this easier on patients, it is easier and less costly on the providers.
The process of creating the therapeutic spray involves separating the sampled skin and treating it so that the outcome contains keratinocytes, fibroblasts, and melanocytes, cells that that help wounds heal. Since these are sprayed evenly across burn wounds, they are able to penetrate and settle throughout without requiring terribly precise application.
“Today’s approval of the RECELL System is a significant advancement in how we treat patients with burns,” in a published statement said James H Holmes IV, MD, FACS, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, North Carolina. “Dramatically reducing the amount of donor skin needed to treat second- and third-degree burns has important implications for pain, scarring and costs of care, while still providing comparable healing to the current standard of care. Additionally, the potential reduction in mortality is extremely promising.”
According to medgadget