Imagine a Soldier suffered debilitating burns to 60 percent of his body while deployed. After being evacuated to a burn treatment facility and stabilized, surgeons treated his wounds using a biopsy of his own skin, and re-grew tissue over the injuries. There was little risk of infection, as the wounds were covered quickly, and surgeons did not have to create additional wounds by harvesting large quantities of skin from his body. The Soldier’s body does not reject the new skin, as it was generated from his own cells. He is able to make a full recovery.
This is the future of burn care, according to experts at the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research Burn Center, at Joint Base San Antonio in Texas. The primary mission of the center is to evacuate and treat combat causalities with thermal injuries, Col. (Dr.) Booker T. King, director, explained.