Icelandic company Kerecis has introduced two new fish-skin burn products, the GraftGuide Mano and GraftGuide Micro.
The new GraftGuide Mano is fish skin that has been designed for treating burns on the hand.
It can easily cover the 3D structure of the hand without tailoring the graft and reduces the need for multiple grafts and bulky fixation, which reduces surgical time.
Patients can also start taking physical therapy after applying Kerecis’s GraftGuide Mano.
This helps speed up recovery and prevent the loss of several hand motions after healing.
Kerecis founder and CEO Fertram Sigurjonsson said: “These products respond to demand from healthcare professionals for easy-to-use, tailor-made solutions, which help improve outcomes, streamline workflows and reduce the time spent in the operating room.”
The new GraftGuide Micro is designed as a fragmented variation of GraftGuide to enable uneven and large burn surfaces to be filled by the intact fish skin.
With a fragment size of approximately 1.5mm, it can be easily applied in tight or irregular spaces where meshed or unmeshed sheets are inaccessible.
GraftGuide Micro also retains the 3D structural benefits of the GraftGuide sheet.
The product has a better ability to cover deep spaces as well as being easier to apply.
Birmingham City University UK professor and Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) burn and plastic surgeon Lt Col Steven Jeffery said: “The product is easy to work with and can be moulded to fit the needs of each patient.
“I have already seen positive results in my patients who have received the fish skin graft for both blast and burn injuries where uneven surfaces and loss of soft tissues pose a big problem.”
Kerecis stated that its products include a complete-thickness fish dermis processed using its EnviroIntact method.
It noted that the use of fish skin for burns provides several benefits, such as promoting the healing process and helping the growth of new cells.