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Skin Substitutes and Alternatives: A Review

Shores, Jaimie T. MD; Gabriel, Allen MD; Gupta, Subhas MD, CM, PhD, FRCSC, FACS

Advances in Skin & Wound Care:
doi: 10.1097/01.ASW.0000288217.83128.f3
Features: Clinical Management Extra
Abstract

PURPOSE: To provide the specialist in skin and wound care with a review of skin replacement alternatives and their most common uses.

TARGET AUDIENCE: This continuing education activity is intended for physicians and nurses with an interest in wound care and related disorders.

OBJECTIVES: After reading this article and taking this test, the reader should be able to:

1. Describe characteristics of skin and skin substitutes for grafting.

2. Identify indications for and uses of common grafting procedures and products.

In Brief

This continuing education activity discusses some of the most commonly used skin substitutes, providing information on the types of products, manufacturing processes, indications, contraindications, and significant published literature about their clinical use.

Author Information

Jaimie T. Shores, MD • Chief Resident • Department of Plastic Surgery • Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Loma Linda University Medical Center • Loma Linda, CA

Allen Gabriel, MD • Clinical Instructor, Director of Clinical Research • Department of Plastic Surgery • Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Loma Linda University Medical Center • Loma Linda, CA

Subhas Gupta, MD, CM, PhD, FRCSC, FACS • Chairman and Residency Program Director • Department of Plastic Surgery • Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Loma Linda University Medical Center • Loma Linda, CA

Dr Shores has disclosed that he has no significant relationships with or financial interest regarding this educational activity. Dr Gabriel has disclosed that he is a member of the speaker's bureau for KCI. Dr Gupta has disclosed that he has no significant relationships with or financial interest regarding this educational activity. Drs Shores and Gupta disclosed that they plan to discuss unlabeled/investigational usage of a commercial product and will disclose this to the audience.

Lippincott CME Institute, Inc. has identified and resolved all faculty conflicts of interest regarding this educational activity.

© 2007 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.