The Department of General Surgery's Burn Surgery unit offers holistic care to acute and post burn sequelae patients by a multidisciplinary team. The unit also manages a skin bank from 2011 and has successfully performed 290 cadaver harvests. In addition, the unit builds on Choithram Hospital and Research Centre's aim by regularly conducting public awareness campaigns for safety with fire.
The unit ensures that the patient is bedside monitoring by a well trained multidisciplinary team with the objective of early wound closure and reduced hospitalization.
Early excision and skin grafting is offered to suitable patients. We use dermatome/Humby's knife to harvest autograft and graft mesher alongside meek micrograft machine to optimize the autograft. Blood products required during procedure are available against voluntary donation. Cadaver skin, various collagen dressings and nano crystalline silver dressing, VAC dressings, splints are also available.
Burn Rehabilitation provides ongoing support for three years for survivors to recover physically, mentally and socially to get back to their regular lives.
The third skin bank in India was started at Choithram Hospital and Research Centre in February, 2001 in collaboration with Euro Skin Bank. Since then 290 cadaver harvests have been possible thanks to the social groups supporting the cause. We have sent banked grafts to centres in Indore and outside; maintaining cold chain skin bank has strict quality control and audit. Cadaver skin is harvested by dermatome and the processing is conducted at the bank. Preservation is performed through glycerolisation.
We run a school education program regularly for in house patient's relatives, student population of Choithram group's schools, other schools, and colleges in Indore. We reach out to communities of rural and tribal women as well. We publish a number of articles in the print media to spread awareness