FORT WORTH (CBS 11 NEWS ) – Cutting edge technology being developed in North Texas is leading to new healing techniques for hand injuries.
The Reheal Glove and Rehab Glove are in their prototype stages at the University of Texas at Arlington’s Research Facility.
The Reheal Glove is a silicone glove that uses tubes and ports to apply topical drugs to severely burned hands. It’s intended to help heal tissue injuries while allowing the hand to have full motion.
UTARI’s Principal Research Scientist Dr. Muthu Wijesundara said, “This would change the standard care of hand injuries and hand burns. That is what our goal is.”
According to Dr. Wijesundara the Reheal Glove would replace the age old method of dressing wounds with heavy rolls of gauze.
The Rehab Glove uses air pressure and robotics to help return an injured hands movements to it’s normal functions, and it was developed for stroke patients.
Dr. Wijesundara said “This can treat… after any kind of surgery for rehabilitation…carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis correction.” In other words, injuries often associated with excessive typing on a computer keyboard or smartphone.
The UTARI researchers are working with scientists at the University of Washington, and the gloves are set for clinical trials in early 2016.
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