JPAC Joint United Kingdom (UK) Blood Transfusion and Tissue Transplantation Services Professional Advisory Committee

21.11: Skin retrieval and processing

21.11.1: Skin retrieval

Skin sites should be shaved if necessary and treated with an antimicrobial agent such as chlorhexidine.

Samples of skin must be cultured for aerobic and anaerobic bacteria and fungi prior to and following decontamination.

21.11.2: Skin processing

Skin can be processed to provide an acceptable graft in a number of ways. These include cryopreservation, high-concentration glycerolisation and other methods. The specification for any skin product should clarify the required properties.