What is Skin Tissue?
The skin is the body's largest organ. It covers the entire body and serves as a protective shield against heat, light, injury, and infection. The skin is made up of three layers, the epidermis, dermis, and hypodermis, that guard the underlying muscles, bones, ligaments, and internal organs.
How is Donated Skin Used?
Skin grafts, created from skin that is donated typically after death, are frequently used to treat burn patients. These grafts serve as wound coverings to prevent loss of fluid and infection and are considered life-saving tissue transplants. Applying skin grafts early during burn recovery has several patient benefits, including speeding recovery and decreasing potential complications.
Skin grafts are also used in many reconstructive procedures like hernia repair, sports medicine procedures, and breast reconstruction following a mastectomy.