Wound Management

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Effective wound management post a burn injury is imperative to facilitate healing within ideal timeframes in order to optimise outcomes. This page details information regarding common post discharge wound care requirements including care of patients discharged with skin grafts and donor sites, or patients who have Biobrane or BTM insitu.

Biobrane, donor site, skin graft and BTM management.

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For clarification of information, or to speak with a burns clinician, please contact:

e: burnsunit@alfred.org.au  Attention: Allied health/nursing, VABS

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  2. Hazani R, Whitney R, Wilhelmi BJ. Optimizing Aesthetic Results in Skin Grafting. Am Surg. 2012:Feb 78(2):151-154
  3. The Joanna Briggs Institute. Recommended Practice. Burn Wound Management: Tertiary Burn Unit Facility. The Joanna Briggs Institute EBP Database, JBI@Ovid. 2016; JBI5337.
  4. The Joanna Briggs Institute. Recommended Practice. Graft Care After Removal of Primary Dressing. The Joanna Briggs Institute EBP Database, JBI@Ovid. 2016; JBI6505.
  5. Victorian Adult Burns service. Burns Management Guidelines (Intranet). Melbourne, 2016.
  6. Demirtas Y, Yagmur C, Soylemez F, Ozturk N, Demir A. Management of split-thickness skin graft donor site: A prospective clinical trial for comparison of five different dressing materials. Burns. 2010;36:7, 999-1005
  7. Eskes MA, Brölmann EF, Gerbens AL, Ubbink TD, Vermeulen, H. Which dressing do donor site wounds need? BMC (Internet) 2011/10/17;12: 229. Available from https://doi.org/10.1186/1745-6215-12-229
  8. AlfredHealth/ Surgical services/Burns. Biobrane: Use and management. Available at:http://prompt.baysidehealth.intra:89/Search/SearchLibrary.aspx?filename=1149633\1149694\25468778.pdf.  Accessed Oct, 2018.
  9. Long Khanh Dao Le, B.Pharm, MPH, MHHSM. Evidence Summary. Biosynthetic Skin Substitutes: Burns/Wounds Care. The Joanna Briggs Institute EBP Database, JBI@Ovid. 2017; JBI4756.

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The Alfred Hospital gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support and contribution of Skilled Medical in funding this project.  For more information on Skilled Medical, please visit www.skilledmedical.com
Supported by:

Ambulance Victoria The Alfred Victorian Adult Burn Services at The Alfred The Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne