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Unformatted text preview: Cindy Radford MedSurg Paper 1 New Burn Treatments For the past 20 years, patients with severe burns have benefited from a technique which grows new skin in the lab using their own skin cells but the technique takes 3 weeks, putting the patient at risk for dehydration and infection. Skin from cadavers has been used while the patient is waiting on this process but the body often rejects this skin and the availability is limited. Artificial nets which cells can grow on have also been tried but they do not work on large burns, and they can increase risk of rejection and disease transmission because they contain material from cows and other humans. Typically, treatment for 2 nd degree burns consists of cutting a piece of the skin from another site on the same patient in order to graft that skin over the burn. This process has proven to be effective but it causes a lot of pain for the burn victim and can double the area that...
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This note was uploaded on 05/03/2011 for the course NURS 2210 taught by Professor Dims during the Spring '11 term at Virginia College.
- Spring '11