Spray On Skin

Scientists in the US have developed a technique that can drastically reduce the recovery time of burn victims. The technique involves using an aerosol system to spray on cultured skin cells. This will cut the healing time down to days rather the weeks or months. A recent development of this technology uses an electronically controlled pneumatic device that does not injure the cells, as opposed to the previous hand-pumped atomisers.

This innovative process actually only takes around an hour and a half from start to finish, and follows 3 simple steps;

  1. A biopsy is taken from the patient’s undamaged skin.
  2. Healthy stem cells are then isolated from the biopsy.
  3. An aqueous solution containing the cells is then sprayed onto the burn.

Zed, before and after the treatment

skin spray boy


A newly-developed dressing with tubes meshed within it cover the wound. These tubes act as arteries and veins do; providing electrolytes, antibiotics, amino acids and glucose to the wound – this encourages the wound to heal extremely fast.

Currently, this technique is only limited to medium severity burns (second-degree) but it is hoped in the future that this can be extended to third-degree burns also.

The research is funded by the US Department of Defense under the Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine (AFIRM).

Read “The boy whose skin was sprayed back” on www.cambridge-news.co.uk/News/The-boy-whose-skin-was-sprayed-back-on-17022012.htm.

Further information found http://phys.org/news/2011-02-skin-cell-gun-drastically.html.