May 1973

Biological Dressings for Skin Graft Donor Sites

Author Affiliations

Fort Sam Houston, Tex
From the US Army Institute of Surgical Research, Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, Tex.

Arch Surg. 1973;106(5):705-706. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1973.01350170069017

Three methods of donor site management were tested in 17 patients to determine if any resulted in faster wound healing. Gross inspection and biopsies revealed no differences between donor sites left uncovered or those treated with fine mesh gauze. However, porcine xenograft coverage resulted in a significant incidence (35%) of increased inflammation and delayed repair, making it an unsuitable dressing for fresh donor sites.