A specialized gun that shoots threads to form a shield on top of a wound is the newest innovation in wound care. The gun, reminiscent of a standard glue gun, may revolutionize the wound care industry, with its ability to protect a wound and let it heal more effectively than traditional wound bandages and dressings.
The challenge with traditional wound care
The way wound care works today, a wound is treated, dressed and bandaged, usually, but not always, by a trained nurse or professional. The dressing has to be changed fairly often, and is open to human skin contact. This can lead, as it often does, to infection or chronic wound, and can in the worst case scenario be fatal.
What the SpinCare does is remove the need for human contact, which greatly reduces the chance of infection. It also only needs to be applied one time, so the wound doesn’t have to be constantly bothered, also reducing the chance of infection.
How SpinCare works
The spray gun looks like a glue gun or kid’s water gun, but works kind of like an espresso machine. There are one-time use capsules filled with the company’s specially-created polymer materials that get loaded into the device, and then the user sprays the matter directly onto the wound, where it spins electrons to form a web-like substance made of the nano technology. This looks like a “second skin” on top of the wound. The new “skin” is completely impenetrable, forming tight protection while the wound heals. the patient’s skin layer regenerates its own new skin over two or three weeks, and then the plastic layer easily peels off.
Opportunities for revolutionizing the industry
SpinCare is produced by an Israeli company called Nanomedic Technologies, which is a subsidiary of Nicast, a company that produces medical devices. “We make the recovery easier, allowing them to go back to almost normal life as quickly as possible,” said Chen Barak, CEO of the company. He points out the customization possibilities – it’s easy to cover the area of the wound without putting on too much or too little.
The company has already tested the new technology on over 120 patients throughout Israeli hospitals, and they have not seen one infection on the wounds they have treated.
While its initial application is clearly in the realm of the hospital, there are so many ways they can take it to market. It has amazing potential in home health care, where people can easily treat their own wounds without getting an emergency appointment at the pediatrician or ER.
There’s also the potential for additives, such as collagen, substances with antibacterial properties, and silicone, which can make the spray-gun useful for other markets, such as dermatology and plastic surgery.“Because it is a solution, we can combine additives inside,” said Chen Katz, Chairman of Nanomedic Technologies. “By that, we are transforming the transient skin into a drug delivery system and slow release system.”
At The Alameda Center for Rehab in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, we’re always updating our care with new advances in treatment. With all of the tremendous potential of the technology, we can expect to see better, more effective wound care developments at a facility near you.