ELCH and Kerecis are making big strides in wound care and burn industry

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December 25 2021 12:00 am

East Liverpool City Hospital and Kerecis are making big strides in the wound care and burn industry.

There was a launch party at Mountaineer Race Track and Gaming Resort where Officials on all sides expressed how excited they are for the advancement of this treatment.

“This is very cool! I’m very excited to bring a product like Kerecis to our area. It’s highly effective in the treatment of wounds. I just had a phone call from one of our patients this morning that had utilized it and she was totally like on cloud 9 with regards to what it was doing because it has given her a second chance at life,” said East Liverpool City Hospital Director of Business Development and Marketing, Rick Perez.

This project all started when a program director at East Liverpool city hospital wanted to make some changes in their wound center, they wanted new technology that would really benefit the community.

What Kerecis does is identify patients who have open wounds or chronic wounds that need skin grafts because they aren’t able to regenerate by itself.

“The waters are so cold that there’s no known disease transfer from fish to human. It’s very similar to human skin. There’s a 60% DNA match from fish to human, which ultimately converts to human skin because it’s very similar,” said Kerecis Business Development Manager, Ilker Alasya.

They apply the skin to the wounded area, put an absorptive dressing on it, wrap it up, and then it’s a weekly follow up after that.

Jim Emmerling was there from the start of this and says he’s so thrilled to see this come to fruition.

“Bottom line is it’s going to help heal wounds. Diabetes is a major problem in this country and anytime yo can help that it gives you all the satisfaction that you need,” said President of EM-Media, Jim Emmerling

“What I think this is going to do for our community and for our patients is just really heal wounds that were really hard to heal in the past. We are just happy to have this technology and happy to bring it to out Tri-State area,” said Perez.

Perez says the next step is really to just get as many patients as possible.

People who want this treatment need to call the hospital and set up an appointment to meet with the doctors and see of they are a candidate for Kerecis. That number is 330-385-7200.

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