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New scars and burns monitor is improving the lives of patients


A new £28,480 machine that can monitor how well scars and burns are healing is already benefitting patients.

It was donated to the burns department at Broomfield Hospital and is the first time the department has had such a machine. It is already improving the service to patients by giving them and specialists a better and quicker idea of how scars and burns are healing. The results also suggest the best follow-up treatment.

Rachel Wiltshire, lead therapist for burns, plastics and hand therapy, thanked Mid and South Essex Hospitals Charity for the donation of the device.

“It’s called a Cutometer and works in seconds by using a pen-like probe to measure the general thickness and elasticity of people’s skin, giving us a reliable measure of scar improvements for patients.

“We are extremely grateful for this funding from the Hospital’s Charity; it is already making a big difference to our patient care.” 

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