University of Toronto researchers have made an incredible breakthrough in the treatment of serious burns. As part of the PrintAlive project, they have created a 3D printer that produces live bandaging that helps cells regenerate.
Despite the fact that medicine is moving forward, so far many advances have been made in the field of burn treatment. There are ways to fight infections and shock, but treatment for burns itself is another matter.
Treatment of deep burns is a very difficult matter because many layers of skin are destroyed. Its reconstruction requires not only the production of different types of cells, but also their proper arrangement, and each requires a unique chemical environment.
Researchers working on the PrintAlive project, however, have managed to create a special 3D looper that can simultaneously apply two upper layers of skin. This creates a sort of live bandage that protects the wound while accelerating cell regeneration. This is only possible because the printer uses the patient’s cells as a building block, as well as a specially modified hydrogel. And how does the work of such a machine look like, you can watch this video.