Stem cells are cells in the body that are able to develop into any cell as they mature. A biotech firm from New York, called RenovaCare, is researching and developing a new technology to harness this unique ability of stem cells in order to help patients who have suffered severe burns. Their new technology is called the SkinGun. Stem cells (taken from areas of unharmed skin of the patient) are put into a syringe with a solution and sprayed. Unharmed skin and a safe spray is necessary in order to prevent harm to the cells, as harmed cells could be affected. According to Thomas Bold, the president and CEO of RenovaCare (also one of the engineers at the firm), almost all of the cells from the syringe will be unharmed.
Currently, RenovaCare is attempting to have their treatment approved by the Food and Drug administration. Forty-seven patients have been assisted, and although the treatment and technology isn’t completely finalized, the results are currently looking positive. While skin grafting is an effective technique employed today, the SkinGun actually leaves minimal scarring in comparison. Scar tissue can restrict mobility and function, so minimizing this would completely change the healing process for burn victims. Additionally, support behind the SkinGun will lead to a push forward in stem cell research as well.
After expanding on the SkinGun, RenovaCare also wishes to further develop and apply their method of extracting stem cells from the skin, named the CellMist System. While burn treatment and various skin disorders are helped through the SkinGun currently, the company wants to increase the methods in which they can apply.
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Recently about twenty-five members in our HOSA chapter had the privilege of participating in CERT training. This training was held at our school, Northwest Career and Technical Academy, on December 9th from 2:30pm to 6:30pm and on December 10th from 9:00am to 3:00pm.
On the first day of training (December 9th) members learned about the different types of disasters, how to make disaster plans, and the many different operations within a CERT. In addition to this, participants learned about the different types of structural damages, disaster psychology, and how to perform triage. Then, on the second day of training (December 10th) members were able to practice lifts and carries to perform in an emergency situation, such as a chair carry, a blanket carry, and a one person pack strap carry. Also participants learned how to splint a closed fracture on an arm, perform a head-to-toe assessment, control bleeding, and open the airway with a head-tilt chin-lift.
Lastly at the end of the day members had the opportunity to practice extinguishing a small fire as in an emergency situation. As well for completing this CERT training participants were given a CERT bag with items to help one and others in an emergency situation, such as rope, bandages, a flashlight, water, and a compass. All in all, our HOSA members learned a lot about how to help others within their community in an emergency situation and were given the tools needed to help their community.