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Evolving practice of the Helsinki Skin Bank.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20492012     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The purpose of this study is to review the management and running of the Helsinki Skin Bank between the years 2001 and 2008. Further aims were to assess the microbiological safety of the glycerol-preserved allograft skin and analyse its clinical use. The files of the Helsinki Skin Bank were reviewed for allograft skin harvested from organ donors between 2001 and 2008. Data on harvested skin area and microbiological culture results were collected. The patients receiving allograft were also identified and operation indications analysed. Allograft skin was collected from 115 donors, with a mean of 44,335 cm(2) per year. No skin batches were discarded. Microbiological cultures of the allograft skin batches were negative in 86 (75%) cases. Thirty-five donor skin batches were used in 69 operations. The most common indication was 'Biological dressing on partial-thickness burns', comprising 52% of cases. The cost per cm(2) was 0.81euro. The use of allograft skin in the Helsinki Skin Bank is microbiologically safe and continues to provide a versatile and useful treatment modality in many major burn cases with few observed complications. As compared with synthetically produced temporary dressings currently available, our allograft skin is also more economical.
Andrew J Lindford; Ira Frey; Jyrki Vuola; Virve Koljonen
Publication Detail:
Type:  Evaluation Studies; Journal Article     Date:  2010-05-18
Journal Detail:
Title:  International wound journal     Volume:  7     ISSN:  1742-481X     ISO Abbreviation:  Int Wound J     Publication Date:  2010 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-07-16     Completed Date:  2010-11-15     Revised Date:  2011-04-25    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101230907     Medline TA:  Int Wound J     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  277-81     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Plastic Surgery, Helsinki University Hospital, Helsinki, Finland.
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MeSH Terms
Biological Dressings / statistics & numerical data*
Burns / surgery
Facility Regulation and Control
Infection Control
Middle Aged
Organ Preservation Solutions
Patient Selection
Program Evaluation
Safety / legislation & jurisprudence,  statistics & numerical data*
Skin* / microbiology
Skin Transplantation / legislation & jurisprudence,  statistics & numerical data*
Tissue Banks / organization & administration*
Tissue Donors / statistics & numerical data
Tissue Preservation / methods,  statistics & numerical data
Tissue and Organ Harvesting / methods,  statistics & numerical data
Transplantation, Homologous / legislation & jurisprudence,  statistics & numerical data*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Organ Preservation Solutions; 56-81-5/Glycerol
Comment In:
Int Wound J. 2011 Apr;8(2):211   [PMID:  21166999 ]

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