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SAMJ: South African Medical Journal

On-line version ISSN 2078-5135
Print version ISSN 0256-9574

Abstract

ALLORTO, N L; ROGERS, A D  and  RODE, H. 'Getting under our skin': Introducing banked allograft skin to burn surgery in South Africa. SAMJ, S. Afr. med. j. [online]. 2016, vol.106, n.9, pp.865-866. ISSN 2078-5135.  http://dx.doi.org/10.7196/samj.2016.v106i9.10852.

Deceased donor skin possesses many of the properties of the ideal biological dressing, and a well-stocked skin bank has become a critically important asset for the modern burn surgeon. Without it, managing patients with extensive burns and wounds becomes far more challenging, and outcomes are significantly worse. With the recent establishment of such a bank in South Africa, the challenge facing the medical fraternity is to facilitate tissue donation so that allograft skin supply can match the enormous demand.

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