Temple Hospital using new spray-on technology to treat burn victims

Shara Dae Howard
January 21, 2020 - 7:42 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Temple University's Burn Center is using new revolutionary biotechnology to treat burn victims.

Temple is now using RECELL, a spray-on skin treatment used on burn victims that just approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in January 2019. 

The treatment is especially helpful to those suffering from large burns.

"This enables us to get the patient covered with their own skin more broadly with much less," the center's Lisa Rae said. 

"In the operating room," she explained, "we take a small piece of their skin, put it in a solution and spray it across the burned area."

The treatment limits scaring, but Rae says ultimately, this treatment saves lives because it saves time.

"Risk of infection is based on how long your wounds are open. And if we can heal faster we can decrease the overall infection risk," she added. 

Rae says within 24 hours, the spray-on skin adheres to the wound and begins healing immediately.