Handheld 3D Printer to Treat Severe Skin Burns

Burn wound is something that all of us have gone through at least once in our life.  Generally, the minor burns are treatable at home or with a little medical assistance.  However, when it comes to major burns, one needs to be totally dependent on help from the expert healthcare providers. A latest research carried out at the University of Toronto Engineering and Sunnybrook Hospital offers a probability of a promising treatment for burn wounds.

Advanced Burn Care to Accelerate the Healing Process

Scientists stated that they have developed an advanced tool named handheld 3D printer. It is useful in covering the burned part of an individual with skin sheets. Generally, even deposition of skin sheets helps in covering the burned area of large wounds. Scientists stated that the bio ink from these sheets helps in speeding up the healing process. The latest research is accessible in the journal Biofrabrication. Besides, the new device holds the capability to replace “autologous grafting,” the most widespread method presently employed for the treatment of burn wounds. In autologous grafting, the skin is taken from the other part of body to transplant it on the injured area.

Furthermore, scientists explained that the bio ink used in the latest device uses mesenchymal stroma cells (MSCs). These cells support skin regeneration and minimize the scarring effects. Richard Cheng, Project Lead, highlighted the need of improvement in the present version of the model. He added that some modifications in the present model can advance its scarring-reduction capacity exceptionally.

Moreover, the device will be in the clinical setting in the upcoming 5 years on the successful completion of the project as per the plan. Dr Marc Jeschke, Project Collaborator, stated, “I believe this printer will be a game changer in saving lives once it is employed in an operating room. With such type of devices, it could change the entirety of how we practice trauma and burn care.”