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INNOVATIONS
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 152  |  Issue : 7  |  Page : 245

A dermoepidermal suspension spray (skin gun) for coverage of large post-burn & post-traumatic raw areas


Department of Plastic Surgery, B.J. Government Medical College, Pune 411 001, Maharashtra, India

Date of Submission17-Nov-2019
Date of Web Publication25-May-2021

Correspondence Address:
Nikhil S Panse
Department of Plastic Surgery, B.J. Government Medical College, Pune 411 001, Maharashtra
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ijmr.IJMR_2120_19

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How to cite this article:
Panse NS, Phulwer R. A dermoepidermal suspension spray (skin gun) for coverage of large post-burn & post-traumatic raw areas. Indian J Med Res 2020;152, Suppl S1:245

How to cite this URL:
Panse NS, Phulwer R. A dermoepidermal suspension spray (skin gun) for coverage of large post-burn & post-traumatic raw areas. Indian J Med Res [serial online] 2020 [cited 2021 Jul 29];152, Suppl S1:245. Available from: https://www.ijmr.org.in/text.asp?2020/152/7/245/316707

Patient's consent obtained to publish clinical information and images.


The idea of developing a skin gun was conceptualized and then incubated by the department of Plastic Surgery, B.J. Government Medical College and the Biomedical Engineering and Technology (incubation) Centre, College of Engineering, Pune, India, in 2017. Burns over a larger percentage of the body surface area burns have limited donor sites for skin grafting, and such patients have a higher mortality and morbidity rates. Procedures such as Meek micro-grafting with wider meshing are available, but not without limitations. The innovation proposed here aims at developing a dermoepidermal suspension spray also termed as a 'skin gun', where the skin graft is cut or pulverized into tiny pieces and sprayed over an extensive raw area (Video). These tiny pieces can act as seedlings for epidermal regeneration, and the area can heal itself in due course of time. Although there will be significant scarring, the purpose of the skin gun is to facilitate faster healing in patients with extensive burns and limited donor areas and decrease the mortality and morbidity.
Figure 1: T-piece syringe in the circuit with endotracheal tube at the patient end along with oxygen source.

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Financial support & sponsorship: The financial support for the development of the prototype and further trials is through the Biotech Ignition Grant (BIG) Grant by BIRAC, Government of India. The patent for this innovation (201821011504) is pending approval.

Currently, we are working on developing the prototype and regularizing and standardizing the size of the tiny pieces of skin. Once the prototype is ready, animal and clinical trials will be performed, and depending on the outcomes, further course of action such as mass production or revisions in the prototype and further trials will be considered.

This project was also selected by the Society for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IIT Mumbai) for the Academia-Industry Training Camp in Switzerland in 2019.

Conflicts of Interest: None.


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