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‘Getting under our skin’: Introducing banked allograft skin to burn surgery in South Africa

Nikki Allorto, Alan David Rogers, Heinz Rode


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.

Authors' affiliations

Nikki Allorto, Edendale Hospital Burn Service, Pietermaritzburg; Department of Surgery, School of Clinical Medicine, College of Health Sciences, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa

Alan David Rogers, Ross Tilley Burn Centre, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto; Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Canada

Heinz Rode, Burn Unit, Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, Cape Town; Division of Paediatric Surgery, Department of Surgery, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, South Africa

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Burn surgery; Allograft; Donor skin; South Africa

Cite this article

South African Medical Journal 2016;106(9):865-866. DOI:10.7196/SAMJ.2016.v106i9.10852

Article History

Date submitted: 2016-03-30
Date published: 2016-08-03

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