Thousands of patients with severe burns or long-term wounds that refuse to heal could soon be helped with bandages made from their own skin cells.
The Myskin bandage, which has taken ten years to develop, is made after taking a skin biopsy, usually from the patient’s thigh.
The skin cells are then cultured in a laboratory setting and grown on a specially-developed type of plastic.
Once the disc-shaped plastic patch is applied to the skin, the skin cells release into the wound and kick-start new layers of skin growth.
A reserve supply of cells is also retained by the laboratory so as to facilitate further treatment.
The treatment, which is being launched today at the British Burns Association’s annual meeting, is the first time that skin cells have been grown directly on a bandage that is then applied to a patient.