Spray-on skin helps Missouri firefighter heal from serious burns

  • Source: KTVO-TV ABC/CBS 3 Kirksville
  • Published: 10/10/2019 12:00 AM

VIDEO: It’s been one year since a backyard bonfire changed Eli Beasley’s life. In a moment of carelessness, the professional firefighter tried to light a bonfire that had been doused in a gasoline mixture. He was instantly engulfed. Beasley was taken to University of Missouri Health Care’s Level 1 Trauma Center with burns over 75 percent of his body. According to the American Burn Association, nearly half a million people receive medical treatment for burns each year. A new product, though, is changing the way the worst of those burns – like Beasley’s – are treated. Traditionally, in very large burns, doctors harvest small bits of healthy skin to grow into sheets of skin for grafting. However, Litt was one of the first surgeons in Missouri to also use a newly FDA-approved treatment called spray-on skin.


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