Device for the Prediction of Burn Wound Conversion

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Nicholas Prindeze
Jeffrey Schupp, MD

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Marck-Arthur Clerveau

What is it? What does it do?

Burn wound conversion is a challenging problem in burn wound assessment resulting in uninjured tissue surrounding the burn succumbing to a mix of host immune responses, perfusion fluctuations, dehydration and other factors. This significantly contributes to the morbidity of burn wounds; making it apparent that an accurate, objective and non-invasive metric of wound conversion would be helpful for the treatment of targeted therapy. This device is a non-invasive system designed to quantify burn wound conversion during the acute phase of wound development; utilizing a combination of imaging modalities and stimulus to analyze and measure the likelihood of tissue conversion.

Why is it better?

  • Help initiate earlier clinical intervention decreasing unnecessary loss of skin, multiple visits to the OR, and overall length of hospital stay
  • Improve patients’ response to resuscitative therapies, wound contractures, scarring, and pigmentation outcomes
  • Lower risk of infection
  • Quick and accurate imaging compatible for direct output into EMRs

What is its current status?

  • Proof of Concept Study performed on 18 rats demonstrated that imaging modalities ADT and laser Doppler imaging (LDI) were capable of specifically identifying and predicting burn wound conversion.
  • Early Prototype Developed and Tested in Proof of Concept Study
  • Ongoing studies underway

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