MetroHealth uses Spray-On Skin Cells to treat burn victims

(Cleveland) - A new skin healing technology is now being used at MetroHealth Medical Center that may be a breakthrough in the treatment of serious burns.

Dr. Anjay Khandelwal of MetroHealth's Trauma-Burn Care Unit says they are using Spray-On Skin Cells, to speed up healing and reduce infection. The cells are harvested from the patient's skin and converted into a spray in the operating room.

Khandelwal explains that Spray-On Skin Cells only require a small amount of skin, which are then regenerated to make enough cells to cover a large burn area. It is a regenerative medicine technique recently approved by the FDA, providing quicker healing times and shorter hospital stays vs. the use of skin grafts.

Dr. Khandelwal tells Newsradio WTAM 1100, it's less invasive and painful than skin grafts, and has fewer complications. He feels this could become the standard method for treating serious burns.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly half a million people are hospitalized for burns in the U.S. each year. Burn injuries result in approximately 3,400 deaths annually, the third-leading cause of accidental home injury fatalities.

(Photos provided by MetroHealth Medical Center & Avita Medical)

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