November 28, 2008
Swedish doctors predict spray-on skin
Doctors predict that spray-on skin cells will be used as a common form of sore treatment in the Swedish healthcare system within a few years.
Gunnar Kratz from Linkoping, participating in an ongoing leg wound symposium in Gothenburg, said he was keen for Sweden to introduce the method, the Swedish news agency TT said.
The treatment of leg wounds has made major advances over the past decades, with the reintroduction of maggot therapy a contributory factor. Most severe wounds do now heal, even against heavy odds.
Some wounds are simply too big for modern dressings and treatments to be fully effective. As an alternative, medical experts are currently developing skin cells that can be sprayed over the surface of a sore. And a number of studies have shown promising results.
I believe this form of treatment will be available in the non-institutional healthcare system within the next couple of years, Kratz said.