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To help treat burn victims, a bank that will store skin retrieved from cadavers was commissioned in the city on Wednesday.
Patients with third degree burns or above 40 percent burns are at a high risk of acquiring fatal infections since the skin would have been burnt to a level where it cannot heal itself. The skin taken from donors can be used to temporarily cover the area.
Established by the Ganga Hospital here, the skin bank will have personnel to retrieve the skin within six hours of death. They will be processed and can be stored for five years. Renowned plastic and reconstructive surgeon K. Mathangi Ramakrishnan inaugurated the skin bank here on Wednesday. Addressing the inaugural function, Dr. Ramakrishnan, chairperson of the Child Trust Medical Research Foundation, Chennai, said that the country lacked a registry for burn victims.
Based on police reports and records at major hospitals, the World Health Organisation had estimated that the country had around ten lakh burn cases annually.
Speaking earlier, S. Raja Sabapathy, Chairman, Division of Plastic Surgery and Burns, Ganga Hospital, said that the skin and blood do not have to be compatible. Anyone above 17 years can donate their skins. The retrieval process was similar to that of eye donation. J.G. Shanmuganathan, Chairman, Ganga Hospital, Sunil M. Keswani, Chief of the National Burns Centre in Mumbai, upon which this skin bank was modelled, J. Amalorpavanathan, convenor of the State Cadaver Organs Transplant Programme, spoke.
From : The Hindu