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March 22, 1976

Bacterial Contamination of Skin Used as a Biological Dressing: A Potential Hazard

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, St John's Mercy Medical Center, St Louis.

JAMA. 1976;235(12):1248-1249. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03260380042024

Bacterially contaminated skin used as a biological dressing on burn wounds can cause serious or even lethal infections, three examples of which are cited. Cadaver-skin allografts were frequently found to contain pathogenic bacteria. The frequency of infections due to the use of contaminated skin grafts on open wounds is unknown.

(JAMA 235:1248-1249, 1976)