Someone in the UK is accidentally burned or scalded every two minutes and at least 12 patients a day are admitted to hospital for several days as a result of a burn injury. Many of these patients will require skin grafting and plastic surgery following the injury.
Skin grafting is the process where a layer of skin or cells is taken from a ‘donor’ site and placed over the burn wound to help it heal. There are many different types of skin graft, and though this technique has been in use for at least 200 years, there is still a huge amount of work needed to improve both the grafting technique and materials used.
From designing a synthetic skin substitute to trying to understand why wounds sometimes don’t heal, in this section, we explore some of the ways in which RAFT has helped improve burn therapy and skin repair.
from RAFT 25 Years of Medical Discoveries first published 2013