Kerecis Announces New Fish-Skin Burn Products


GraftGuide ManoTM and GraftGuide MicroTM, two new solutions for the burn industry from Kerecis, the firm that invented the utilization of fish skin and fatty acids for tissue regeneration and protection.

“These products respond to demand from healthcare professionals for easy-to-use, tailor-made solutions, which help improve outcomes, streamline workflows and reduce the time spent in the operating room.”

Kerecis founder and CEO Fertram Sigurjonsson.

GraftGuide Mano

Intact fish skin from the GraftGuide product range addresses the difficulties of burn healing. GraftGuide Mano is made to fit a hand’s form. The device does not require graft customization because it can easily cover the intricate 3D structure of the hand. As a result, fewer grafts and heavier fixation devices are required, cutting down on surgery time. In contrast to similar burn solutions, patients can start physical therapy right away after using GraftGuide Mano. This is essential for avoiding range of motion loss after healing and for hastening the healing process.

“I can attest to the importance of finding effective and efficient treatments for civilian and military burn injuries and later reconstructive surgery.” “Treatment of burn wounds is often incredibly painful for burn victims, and most of these procedures are performed in the operating room where time is of the essence. Because GraftGuide Mano conforms so well to the hand, it enables a faster, more accurate application. This can significantly reduce operating time and improve the outcome and experience for both the patient and the healthcare team.”

“I have seen firsthand the benefits of using fish skin grafts for burns, and GraftGuide Mano takes it to the next level with its innovative design. I am excited to incorporate it into my practice and see the positive impact it can have on my patients.”

Lt. Col Steven Jeffery, a burn and plastic surgeon with the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) and a professor at Birmingham City University in the UK.

Micro GraftGuide

GraftGuide Micro is a fragmented variant of GraftGuide that enables the undamaged fish skin to cover significant burn patches with uneven distribution. GraftGuide Micro, which has fragments as small as 1.5 mm, can be applied with ease in small, difficult-to-access areas that are inaccessible to meshed or unmeshed sheets. This product is simpler to use and better able to cover deep spaces while maintaining the 3D structural advantages of a GraftGuide sheet.

“I am always looking for new and innovative ways to repair tissue damage and defects. GraftGuide Micro has exceeded my expectations in terms of its handling properties”, “The product is easy to work with and can be molded to fit the needs of each patient. I have already seen positive results in my patients who have received the fish skin graft for both blast and burn injuries where uneven surfaces and loss of soft tissues pose a big problem. I am confident that the fish skin graft will continue to prove effective in a wide range of procedures.”

Lt. Col Steven Jeffery, a burn and plastic surgeon with the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) and a professor at Birmingham City University in the UK.

The full-thickness fish dermis used in the GraftGuide products, which are classified as medical devices by the FDA, has been produced utilising Kerecis’ unique EnviroIntactTM technique. There are many advantages to using fish skin as a burn therapy, including its capacity to encourage the growth of new cells. Second-degree burn care can be handled with the device.

Presentation on Complex Burn Wound Treatment Using Fish Skin

On January 22, 2023, Kerecis will host an educational session at the Boswick Burn and Wound Care Symposium in Maui, Hawaii, on the use of fish skin in the treatment of severe burn wounds. Drs. Ram Velamuri of the Firefighters Burn Center, Ariel M. Aballay of West Penn Hospital, Rajiv Sood of Augusta, GA, and Dr. Rajiv Sood will describe specific cases where the various versions of GraftGuide have been used to treat complicated burns and in reconstructive surgery.

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