Frequently asked questions
Over seven million Indians, mostly children and women, suffer from burn injuries annually.
About five per cent of burn injury patients die due to their injuries. Burn injury patients can die from sepsis of their large burn wounds.
Skin from an organ donor or allograft promotes burn wound healing, decreases pain, prevents infections, hastens healing, and saves severe-burn injury patients.
Extensive burn injuries over the body prevent skin grafting from the patient’s skin, leading to a requirement for live or dead donor skin.
In emergencies, living relatives of a patient donate their skin, whereas skin from dead donors is also a source of skin grafts for burn injury patients.
Though artificial skin substitutes exist, natural skin is the cheapest and best substance for skin grafting.
Donated skin is a temporary dressing for burns patients but helps them regenerate their own skin.
Why do we need Skin Donation?
Who can donate skin after death?
Are there any complications from skin donation?
What happens to donated skin?
How is donated skin recovered?
Skin donation – misconceptions
Skin donation does not make the body appear skinless, red and bloody as less than half a millimetre is recovered, leaving nearly 85% of the skin intact.
Skin donation does not lead to bleeding as a dead person’s body has no blood flow.
Skin donation happens from the back, thighs or legs, which can be covered by clothing and not visible later.
Donor’s age and skin condition do not impact its donation as it retains its functional and biological capacity and serve as a skin graft for a burn injury patient.
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