MESHER

The Humeca mesher is provided with a unique spring mechanism that prevents the blades from excessive pressure on the carrier during cutting, thus increasing the life time of the blades. The mesher can be adjusted in two positions: one to fit V10- or Zimmer® carriers and one to fit V15- or Aesculap® / B.Braun® carriers. During cutting, the carrier is guided both at the left and the right side to assure straight movement and exact connection of the grooves of a second carrier if applied.

Unlike most conventional meshers, where the carrier is moved through the device by means of intermittently pulling a ratchet, the Humeca® mesher is driven by the continuous rotation of a handle. The rotation makes the meshing procedure less time consuming and the design is far more ergonomic. Opening the bridge of the mesher allows easy access to the cutting axis for cleaning and inspection.

MESHER features

  • Robust and durable construction
  • Compatible with Humeca® V-carriers of all types (V10 and V15)
  • Compatible with Zimmer® and Aesculap® / B.Braun® carriers
  • Spring mechanism prevents blades damage
  • Continuous rotational drive; no intermittent pulling of a ratchet
  • Measures lxwxh: 220x212x183 mm (8.7×8.3×7.2″)
  • Weight: 4.4 kg (9.7 lb)
  • Cutting axis can easily be replaced
  • Compact st. steel sterilization case available, lxwxh: 277x232x197 mm (10.9×9.1×7.8″)

V-CARRIERS

Humeca introduces a new range of grooved skin graft carriers, called ‘V-carriers’. The symmetric V-shaped groove pattern of these carriers prevents unwanted sideward movement during cutting. The standard length of these carriers is 28 cm and thus longer than the length of existing carriers and care has been taken to ensure that the groove pattern of the carriers connect to each other. This enables cutting of extra-long graft strips. The V-carriers are available in versions that are compatible with Zimmer® meshers and versions that are compatible with Aesculap® / B.Braun® meshers. Of course both versions are suitable for use in the Humeca mesher. Available expansion ratios: 1:1,  1:1.5,  1:2, 1:3  and  1:6. The 1:1 carrier only perforates the graft without the intention of expanding it. This is to achieve sufficient drainage in full sheet grafts with hardly any graft pattern  in the final result. This development work was supported by the Dutch Burns Research Institute and the Euro Skin Bank in Beverwijk, The Netherlands. The 1:1 perforation V-carrier was developed and clinically tested in close co-operation with the University Hospital Gent, Belgium.

Clinical results

As far as the Humeca 1:1.5 and 1:3 V-carriers are concerned, the clinical results are identical to the results achieved with conventional skin graft carriers. The pictures on this page show some examples of 1:1,5 and 1:3 expanded grafts that were obtained with Humeca V-carriers (courtesy Red Cross Hospital Beverwijk, The Netherlands and University Hospital Gent, Belgium).

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Often the mesh pattern of the graft remains visible after healing of a burn. When optimum cosmetic results are required, a 1:1 perforation graft should be used. The two pictures below show the application of a perforated sheet graft on a burn on the abdomen of a female patient (courtecy UZGent, Belgium). The picture above the left was taken at operation, while the picture below was taken two weeks later. No mesh pattern was visible in the final result.

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