India's first skin bank

India’s very own skin bank in UP at KGMU!

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Within three to four months, the state’s first skin bank is anticipated to begin operations, which will greatly help seriously injured patients. The skin bank is being created using money from the corporate social responsibility (CSR) fund.

Lucknow: The King George’s Medical University will soon open the first skin bank in Uttar Pradesh, which will help burn patients recover more quickly. According to Prof. Vijay Kumar, head of the plastic surgery department at King George’s Medical University (KGMU), “A walk-in refrigerator, a van for transporting skin, and other equipment are currently being sought after. A 1500 square foot area in the department will house the skin bank.”

He added that work has begun on the building’s construction and the purchase of additional equipment, such as the walk-in refrigerator, shaker incubator, dermatome, cold room, skin donation vehicle, and biosafety cabinet. Within three to four months, the state’s first skin bank is anticipated to begin operations, which will greatly help seriously injured patients.

The skin bank is being created using money from the corporate social responsibility (CSR) fund. The skin of a donor, typically someone who wants to donate organs after death, is harvested and preserved and stored in a skin bank. Later, it is grafted on patients with severe burns. Burn patients typically lack a body part from which skin can be removed to cover severe burn wounds for quicker healing.

He says, “We are planning to use cryoprotectant glycerol to preserve skin for up to three weeks and then we will try to preserve it for up to three to six months with the help of deep freezers. “Prof. Bhavya Naithani, another faculty member, asserted that the lack of a skin bank makes it much more likely for patients with severe burns (over 55%) to contract an infection.

 

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