Vanderbilt to test new burn treatments for soldiers - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Vanderbilt to test new burn treatments for soldiers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Vanderbilt University's Regional Burn Center is one of three clinics selected to test new regenerative treatments for burn wounds, a program financed by the military to improve treatment for injured soldiers.

Dr. Jeffrey Guy, director of the center, says burn patients are generally treated with skin grafts - replacing burnt tissue with healthy tissue from another part of the body.

Guy says the Department of Defense is looking at other options, including stem cells, to restore or replace damaged tissue or organs. Hundreds of soldiers have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan with burn injuries and Vanderbilt also helps train Army medics to treat those injuries.

Vanderbilt will be testing these new treatments on civilian burn patients to see how they reduce burn wounds or scarring.


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