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KCI launches epidermal harvesting tool in the USA

Kinetic Concepts : 10 July, 2013  (New Product)
Kinetic Concepts' CelluTome Epidermal Harvesting System is now commercially available in the USA.


The CelluTome Epidermal Harvesting System offers an automated, precise and reproducible process of harvesting autologous, non-damaged epidermal tissue. The simplicity of the new system makes the benefits of epidermal grafting accessible to a much broader range of clinicians and patients than before.



"The CelluTome System allows for a simplified and convenient way to harvest epidermis and provide autologous epidermal micrografts," said Robert Kirsner, MD, PhD, Professor and Vice Chairman, Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. "Our experience, to date confirms harvesting with minimal, if any, pain and scarring and, most importantly, the ability to graft epidermis to help heal patients' wounds."



This new skin harvesting platform will enable physicians to harvest epidermal grafts consistently and reliably while minimising donor site complications. The product is designed to harvest epidermis at the DE junction1, which allows skin harvesting without the need for donor site anaesthesia. The epidermal micrografts harvested with the CelluTome System can be used in conjunction with KCI VAC Therapy.



"The CelluTome Epidermal Harvesting System addresses an unmet need in acquiring skin grafts and gives a broad range of physicians the ability to manage wounds effectively," said Joe Woody, President and Chief Executive Officer, KCI. "The beauty of this new tool is that it provides a skin graft without damaging the donor site. This means the whole process can take place in an outpatient setting, which truly transforms the way physicians have traditionally used skin grafting."


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