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July 26, 1976

Medical News

JAMA. 1976;236(4):335-343. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03270040003001

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New dressing aids burn healing  Please do not call it "artificial skin," although it acts like skin in some ways and was introduced at the recent meeting of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs.The principal use proposed for the new biomaterial is control of infection in burn wounds, according to Robert A. Abrahams, PhD, who described the material and its clinical effects to the San Francisco meeting. The synthetic barrier-dressing is formed directly on the wound from a liquid solvent and a powdered polymer, isolating the thermal injury under a layer that permits topical treatment with some antibiotics while denying entry to common contaminant organisms. The film adheres to the wound, yet can be removed without injury. It is flexible enough to allow the patient some movement.Dr Abrahams described both the in vitro effects of the film on bacterial growth and the clinical experience with 32