Pilot survey among healthcare workers on skin donation

  • Nikki L Allorto Edendale Hospital Burn Service
  • K Okyere-Dede University of KwaZulu-Natal
  • D L Clarke University of KwaZulu-Natal
Keywords: pilot survey, healthcare workers, skin donation, tissue bank, autograft


Burn injuries place a significant burden on the healthcare system in South Africa. Early excision and management is the standard of care, and impacts upon survival in cases of large total body surface area burns. If the use of an autograft is limited owing to extensive burn injuries, cadavre skin is the gold standard for temporary management. A cadavre skin bank is needed in South Africa, and has not existed until very recently. Organ donation is increasing, while tissue donation is largely unknown, although tissue banking has been established in South Africa for cornea, bone and heart valves. The availability of tissue remains difficult. The high demand for tissue is not being met by current donations. South Africa is a rainbow nation, and varied cultural and religious considerations impact upon organ and tissue donation. A small number of healthcare workers were surveyed in order to gauge their willingness to become skin donors as part of research into the development of a campaign to raise awareness about skin donation.

Author Biographies

Nikki L Allorto, Edendale Hospital Burn Service
MBChB, FCS, MMed Specialist Surgeon Edendale Hospital Burn Service Pietermaritzburg Metropolitan Trauma Service; Critical Care Fellow Pietermaritzburg Metropolitan Department Of Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Pain management; Honorary Lecturer University of KwaZulu-Natal
K Okyere-Dede, University of KwaZulu-Natal
MBChB Medical officer Department of Surgery Pietermaritzburg Metropolitan University of KwaZulu-Natal
D L Clarke, University of KwaZulu-Natal
FCS, MMed Sci, MPhil, MBA, PHD Specialist Surgeon, Academic Head of Trauma and Clinical Lecturer Department of Surgery Pietermaritzburg Metropolitan University of KwaZulu-Natal
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