BRISTOL, Tenn. — Dr. Morgan Lorio, an orthopedic surgeon at Bristol Regional Medical Center, and Kimberly Masker, a certified hand therapist at the hospital’s Hand Center, recently teamed up with two other collaborators for a nationally published wound research journal.
The article, titled “Use of Artificial Dermal Substitute as a Bridge in Complex Finger Reconstruction,” was published in the May issue of Wounds. The article discusses the use of artificial skin substitutes as a bridge for reconstructing complex finger injuries and demonstrates how patients who require artificial skin graft treatments can benefit from this kind of synthetic treatment.
The group’s study included 26 patients who underwent finger reconstruction at BRMC’s Hand Center using artificial skin substitutes. Treatment of such severe finger injuries often proves challenging for surgeons and hand therapists, and the synthetic option provides a rapid way to treat the tissue and ultimately affect patients’ quality of life.
Wounds is a peer-reviewed journal that focuses on wound care and research including tissue repair and regeneration, biology of wound healing, and dealing with traumatic wounds. Lorio and Masker’s article can be found online at woundsresearch.com .