Wakitha Griffin Evaluates New Advances in Wound Care

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A new “spray-on skin product” may allow patients suffering from leg ulcers and other skin graft complications if approved by the FDA. Respected dermatologist, Wakitha Griffin, applauds this new research and notes potential implications for future use.

According to a recent article from WebMD, the development of a new “spray-on skin product” may help patients achieve greater healing time when addressing severe skin wounds. Dr. Wakitha Griffin—a noted dermatologist serving the Atlanta, Georgia area—explains that the product may prove to be revolutionary in terms how patients requiring skin grafts heal. WebMD explains that the product—designed by Healthpoint Biotherapeutics—was recently observed in a study where patients with leg ulcers reported their healing times with the spray solution as compared to those subjects who did not use the product.

WebMD explains that the solution is made up of skin cells and suspended in a mixture of different types of proteins. Although researchers are unclear of the specifics regarding how patients respond to this treatment, the aforementioned study states that “people in the study who used the new treatment experienced a greater reduction, [overall by 16 percent], in wound size than those who didn't use it.” Currently, leg ulcers are treated through compression bandage use, with some physicians implementing skin graft use. However, patients who have poor circulation may find that healing time is lengthy and skin grafts do not always respond well. In the article, researcher Herbert B. Slade explains why timely healing is important, “If you don't get these to heal, they become chronic, and the older the wounds are, the harder they become to heal with anything. Compression bandages work for 30 to 70 percent of people, but are not 100 percent effective.”

As a dermatologist, Dr. Wakitha Griffin understands how essential healthy skin is; she notes that wounds that do not heal and are not treated properly are prone to infection. Griffin has successfully treated numerous cases of skin cancer and explains that although strong, skin must be tended to immediately after a wound, infection or growth is recognized. Although the article focuses on the use of spray-on skin to treat leg ulcers, physicians note that the innovation could offer greater potential in healing. Neil Sadick, M.D. states, “It could well be helpful in wound healing and it could be helpful in any area where we need to replace the skin surface.”

Dr. Wakitha Griffin observes that if approved by the FDA, the spray-on skin product could be useful to elderly patients. She concludes, “Ulcers are a major problem at nursing home facilities. With that in mind, the spray-on skin would also be a good option for older patients that have chronic bed-sores.”

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Wakitha Griffin, a dermatologist, leads a practice in the State of Georgia. Dr. Wakitha Griffin offers healthcare services that assist her patients in detecting, preventing, and treating dermatological injuries and illnesses. Furthermore, Dr. Wakitha Griffin provides individualized care based upon researched diagnostic procedures and personalized treatment strategies. Through her work, she contributes to the success of the medical community.

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