Synthetic Adhesive Moisture vapor permeable (S.A.M.) dressings, Op-Site and Tegaderm, are compared to Fine Mesh Gauze (F.M.G.), as a dressing for split-thickness skin graft donor sites. Scalp as a donor site is compared to nonscalp donor sites. The combination of S.A.M. dressings and scalp as a donor site allows for rapid reuse of a donor site. Pain is substantially decreased and rate of healing is increased when this combination is used. The scalp, because of its availability, accessibility, excellent color match for facial grafting, and rapid healing, is recommended as a donor site.
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