A new device to assess burns wounds in children and adults is helping clinicians make earlier, accurate assessments that are improving clinical outcomes and reducing hospital stays.

The moorLDLS-BI device, developed through a collaboration between the Faculty of Engineering and Moor Instruments Ltd, images blood flow in burns wounds to determine healing potential. This enables surgeons to decide on the most appropriate treatment options with 97% accuracy, avoids unnecessary skin graft surgery and scarring, and when surgery is needed confirm this earlier, reducing the need for excess, painful dressing changes.

Conventional single point Laser Doppler Imaging (LDI) is slow – the patient must remain completely still for up to two minutes to prevent distorted images, a challenge for distressed children. The moorLDLS-BI uses a line of laser light to sweep across the burn in just four seconds, avoiding unusable images in children and significantly improving patient and clinician satisfaction.

The moorLDLS-BI has US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and European Conformitè Europëenne (CE) marks and is being used routinely by 34 specialist burns centres around the world, enabling positive benefits for more patients.

Positive outcomes include decreasing skin grafts by 17%, earlier surgical decision making by 2.7 days, and decreasing hospital stays by two days. Sales of the moorLDLS-BI are a significant and growing part of Moor Instruments business.



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