With the approaching of over 100 burn patients at the Osmania General Hospital (OGH) in a month for skin grafting, the hospital is planning on a full spree to set up the first skin bank in the twin Telugu states soon.
Presently, both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh don’t have a skin bank, which tends to hampers large grafts, as larger grafts are typically required by patients with severe burns, nearly half of them do not survive.
“Skin burns leave open wounds. Without the protective layer of skin, dehydration and body temperature loss happens. In case of severe burns, multi-organ function is affected within three to five days. With all the electrolyte imbalances and impact of organs, patients do not survive easily. With skin grafting, once the protective layer of the skin is back, the wound starts healing and it improves the survival rate,” said a senior doctor associated with the project.
“We have sent the proposal for setting up a skin bank to the government. It will be managed by the plastic surgery department,” said hospital superintendent, Dr B Nagender.
Currently, plastic surgeons perform grafting by using taking pores and skin from one part of the body and transplanting it to another. This does not allow big grafting and the opportunity dressing of collagen sheet is a very pricey option. Meanwhile, pores and skin banks use skin from cadavers (donated), which is then cleaned up in diverse answers to clean off any antibodies and kept equipped for grafting.