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Device for the Prediction of Burn Wound Conversion
Jeffrey Schupp, MD
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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
Active Dynamic Thermography is a Sensitive Method for Distinguishing Burn Wound Conversion
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