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Neha, Badam; Nadia, Ahmedin; Sadie, McAliney; Kyra, Halbert-Elliot; Maria, Liu
SkinDe-ep: Efficient and Intuitive De-epithelialization
The SkinDe-ep is a de-epithelialization device consisting of 2 rollers, a blade, a handle, and a metal frame. The defining feature of the device is the dual rollers, one in front of the blade and one behind the blade, providing a 4 square-inch, flat plane of stability. A significant advantage to this design is the ability to provide an entire local plane of stability without additional human or device force input. While the rollers maintain tautness in the skin, the v-shaped blade offers a precise cutting mechanism that allows for uniform cutting depth. The handle of the device is angled 30 degrees upward from the plane formed by the rollers and blade; this breaks the force from the surgeon into a vertical and horizontal component, allowing for less force to be applied overall.