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Donor Site Care (5825)

Donor Site Care (5825) - Clinical Hub, Patient Education, Health and Nutrition Facts For You, Wound and Skin

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Donor Site Care


For all Donor Sites
ξ Watch for signs and symptoms of
infection:
o Increased redness (over 1
inch in width) and swelling
around the skin graft.
o Foul smelling drainage from
the skin graft.
o Flu-like symptoms (fever,
chills, nausea or vomiting,
muscle aches)
o Increased pain

Care of a Donor Site with a
Mepilex® Ag Dressing
Mepilex® is an absorbent foam dressing
with a silicone layer with silver that adheres
to intact skin and does not stick to open
wounds.
ξ Leave the donor site dressing in
place until you return to clinic. Keep
it clean and dry.
ξ You should call the number listed at
the end of this handout and return to
clinic to have your dressing checked
if any of these problems occur. Your
dressing might need to be changed:
o Outer dressing becomes
saturated with too much
drainage from the donor site.
o Outer dressing gets wet.
o Dressing becomes dislodged,
exposing the open donor site.
o Watch for signs and
symptoms of infection
(see above).
Care of a Donor Site after the
Meplilex Ag Dressing Has Been
Removed
ξ Wash the area with mild soap and
water starting on
__________________.
ξ Treat open areas with Bacitracin and
Cuticerin.
ξ Apply moisturizing lotion
___________________ to keep a
newly healed donor site from drying
out and cracking.
ξ Watch for signs and symptoms of
infection (see above). Call the
number listed at the end of this
handout if you notice any of these
problems.

Care of Primary Closure Donor
Site
ξ Keep the site covered with the first
dressing until
____________________.
ξ Once the dressing is removed, leave
the incision site open to the air.
ξ If Steri-strips are used (thin white
tapes across your incision), do not
remove them until they loosen and
fall off on their own. This takes
about one week.
ξ You may shower starting on
__________________________. No
tub baths.
ξ Watch for signs and symptoms of
infection (see above). Call the
number listed at the end of this
handout if any of these problems
occur.


Care of a Healed Donor Site
ξ Wash the area with mild soap and water.
ξ Apply lotion ____________________.
ξ Apply compression _____________________________.





Phone Numbers
For question Monday through Friday 8 AM -5 PM please call the General Surgery and Burn
Clinic at 608-263-7502.

If you have urgent questions or needs after hours or on weekends, call the Burn Unit Nurses at
608-263-1490 or call 608-262-2122 and ask to have the Burn resident paged.

If you have non urgent questions or needs after hours or on weekends, please leave a message for
the General Surgery triage nurse at 608-890-9542.

If you live out of the area, you can call toll free at 1-800-323-8942.




























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person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team when using
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