When a severe wound or burn is inflicted on a warfighter in the battlefield or training, or to a veteran in non-active duty, the current treatment to repair the damage is surgical mesh-grafting of skin either harvested from the patient’s own body or from cadavers, placental materials, animals or other sources. The harvested skin requires a time-consuming and inefficient decellularized and reacellularized (grown) process in a sterile lab which then is grafted to cover or dress the wound/burn. Most importantly, this process cannot be performed in a warzone where immediate treatment, complete coverage and reduction of infection is mandatory.
The current single chamber technology provides the first two benefits (below); while the multi-chamber will provide all three benefits in virtually any environment (battlefield, evacuation, field hospitals, VA centers, etc.):
- Can administer multiple treatment options at the point of injury/care within the battle area before or during medical evacuation utilizing handheld spin blower delivery device for skin, anti-bleeding topical agents and a combination product directly to affected area in a “no-touch” format.
- Will cover and protect damaged areas, repair and/or stabilize soft tissue wounds and burns to mitigate tissue damage and the prevention and/or mitigation of wound or burn infections and disease in austere environments, pre- and out-of-hospital, en-route/evacuation and other warfighters and VA care facilities.
- Allows medical staff to dial up combination products from anti-bleeding therapeutics to antimicrobials, skin and impregnated occlusive combination dressing for battle field to field-based hospitals and the VA system providing a multi-faceted delivery at the point of trauma/care and beyond for our warfighters
The proposed improvements to the handheld delivery prototype will enable immediate personalized medicine application to stop bleeding, prevent infection and apply a therapeutic occlusive skin substitute to warfighter wounds and burns. This will allow closure and healing using a ”no-touch” delivery device while extraction from warzones to more suitable care locations.