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June 1958

Air-Healing Method for the Donor Site of Skin Grafting

Author Affiliations

Clinical Instructor in Otolaryngology (Dr. Mihalyka); Clinical Professor of Otolaryngology (Dr. Jordan), Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1958;67(6):714-715. doi:10.1001/archotol.1958.00730010730009

In otological work there have been many ways in which skin grafting has been advised and used, and this paper proposes to introduce another method in treating the donor site in skin grafting. The average hospital stay relative to skin grafting can be reduced almost 50%. The skin grafts, which have been used in connection with radical or modified endaural mastoidectomies, have been taken from the anterior portion of the thigh, usually with the Brown electric dermatome, although the Padgett dermatome may be used or free-hand grafts. A setting of 18 is used for this particular type of skin graft on the Brown dermatome. The anterior portion of the thigh is shaved first and then properly prepared with hexachlorophene (pHisoHex) and draped. A very thin coat of liquid petrolatum (mineral oil) is applied to the surface of the area of the graft. With adequate pressure the Brown dermatome is placed

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