A wound healing cube might seem like something out of science fiction. But the Phokus Research Group’s Wound Cube isn’t science fiction, it’s science fact. And they’ve recently demonstrated it to the world at an ADS booth in Shot Show 2018.

The cube is used as both treatment and teaching aid. One of the most interesting aspects of the cube is how easily it’s expanded. For example, the easiest expansion is the use of a flashlight. It keeps internal machinery to a minimum. And this helps to also reduce chances of breakage. In emergency situations one needs to keep track of every tool’s well being.

But with a modular design one can combine multiple hardy elements to ensure an important device is always fully functional. If a flashlight ends up damaged one can simply switch out with a new one.

And doing so with the cube really is as easy as inserting it. This is one of the most heavily highlighted ideas for good reason. It’s in part because it demonstrates how one can expand on the basic idea. But it’s also because this seemingly simple addition brings a whole host of new functionality.

The biggest benefit in a flashlight addition involves emergency situations. People often forget that medical emergencies tend to happen in areas where one doesn’t have access to everything that’s needed. Even something like a lighted room or an extra pair of hands might not be available.

With the cube’s flashlight interface it’s simple to essentially have someone there to hold a flashlight. Even better, it’s instantly positioned exactly where needed to properly treat a wound. This slot, called a wound channel, is just one way to integrate outside treatments into the cube.

But the primary use of the cube is to directly interact with wound in a fairly sterile way. One might even compare it to standard flow hood. A flow hood is the definition of sterile medical work because it pushes bacteria away from medical compounding. But the cube is able to do something similar in shielding an environment from additional contamination.

The cube doesn’t just highlight work in progress. It also helps to shield that environment from contamination. As such, one can clean and pack a wound using the cube without any additional risk factors.

One can imagine just how important this can be for areas where wind is a factor. For example, treating a wound in desert environments has the wind contaminating it with sand. But the cube would shield a wound under those conditions.

Phokus Research Group demonstrated the Wound Cube at the ADS Booth at the SHOT Show 2018 from Jan 23-26, 2018.