FastSkin® Concept: A Novel Treatment for Complex Acute and Chronic Wound Management
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Successful treatments for acute and chronic skin wounds remain challenging. The goal of this proof-of-concept study was to assess the technical feasibility and safety of a novel wound treatment solution, FastSkin®, in a pig model. FastSkin® was prepared from skin micrografts patterned in blood using acoustic waves. Upon coagulation, the graft was transferred on a silicone sheet and placed on wounds. Six full-thickness wounds were created at the back of two pigs and treated with either FastSkin®, split-thickness skin graft (positive control), a gauze coverage (negative control, NC1), or blood patterned without micrografts (negative control, NC2). Silicone sheets were removed after 7, 14, and 21 days. Wound healing was monitored for six weeks and evaluated macroscopically for re-epithelialization and morphometrically for residual wound area and wound contraction. Tissue regeneration was assessed with histology after six weeks. Re-epithelialization was faster in wounds covered with FastSkin® treatments compared to NC2 and in NC2 compared to NC1. Importantly, an enhanced collagen organization was observed in FastSkin® in contrast to NC treatments. In summary, two clinically approved skin wound treatments, namely micrografting and blood clot graft, were successfully merged with sound-induced patterning of micrografts to produce an autologous, simple, and biologically active wound treatment concept.