Burn specialist Dr Aniruddh Mene said the skin bank is the first of its kind in Chhattisgarh and fifth in country after Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and Kochi. The facility is going to help patients with burn injuries get skin transplant and plastic surgery. “Patients with more than 60% burn need skin substitute for salvage and it was necessary to establish a skin bank with the capability to harvest and preserve cadaver skin,” he said.
BSP sources said the hospital already had its own skin bank, but it was not functional. “The facility is being equipped with all equipments required in harvesting of skin from donor’s body within limited time after his death and to preserve cadaver skin,” they said adding that the equipment’s installation is underway and the facility will be open as soon as the installation is finished.