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Some of the skin banks in India are:

1. RCBN Skin BankNational Burns Centre

Sector-13, Airoli, Samarth Ramdas Swami Marg,
Navi-Mumbai-400708 (INDIA).

Phone No: +91-22-2779 6660/61/62/63/64

Helpline No.: +91-22-2779 3333

Fax: +91-22-2779 4227

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2.Surya Hospital

Agarwal Marg, Lunanagar, Kasba Peth, Pune, MH 411011

Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Road,
Sion (West),
Mumbai - 400022

Telephone Numbers: + 91 2407 6381, + 91 2406 3000, + 91 2409 2020, + 91 2408 2504

Phone:020 2445 4232, (020) 24574232
 
3. Lokmanya Tilak Municipal General Hospital
 
 
4. Choithram Hospital
Manik Bagh Road, Choithram College of Nursing, Indore, MP 452014
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Phone:  0731-2362491-99 , 0731-4206750-59
 
5. Pune Hospital in Pune
Phone; (020) 24331706, 24331707
 
 6. Safdarjang Hospital, New Delhi
Ring Road, Opp AIIMS
Phone: 011 2616 5032

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Skin banking is a facility where the skin is collected from eligible deceased donor and processed as per international protocols.

Skin can be stored in the skin bank at 4-8o Celsius up to 5 years. The stored skin can be used for Burns Patient who have Deep Burns, Chemical Burns, Electrical Burns, Radiation Burns. Statistics have shown that 80% of the burn victims are women and children.

Burn Research suggests that skin removed from a dead person and grafted onto a severe burn victim is the nest covering for the victim. But not enough skin is donated to meet the needs.

DONATE YOUR SKIN AND SAVE THE BURN VICTIMS

Skin donation Procedure:

Skin donation is very simple procedure. After the death of a donor, the next of his/her authorized kin just need to call our burns helpline number 27643333 of National Burns Centre.

Once the call comes to National Burns Centre for skin donation, Our Skin retrieval team respond within half an-hour of receiving the call. They reach the place of death in a specialized Burns Ambulance. Consent of relative is taken & the retrieval team harvest the skin of the donor only from back and thigh with a special machine called DERMATOME. Only one eighth thickness of the skin is harvested so there is no disfiguring of body at all.It is not even visible to persons who come to pay their homage After the harvesting, the area is bandaged and the donors body is handed over to the next of the kin. This Procedure takes approximately 45 minutes.

Skin Donation, a programme initiated by the National Burns Centre in India, is working towards increasing the numbers of donations it receives in order to save more lives. The National Burn Centre in India reports that patients with 60% burn wounds or more have a 100% mortality rate, which could be prevented with skin donations. By raising awareness through events such as lectures, camps and programmes, Skin Donation hopes to open up more centres around India, creating a network of skin donation programmes.

Cadaveric skin can be extremely useful in treating severe burn wounds. The National Burns Centre reports that 80% of severe burn patients could be saved if more skin donations are acquired. The cadaveric skin is grafted onto burn patients, controlling the loss of fluid and body heat, relieving pain, as well as protecting the patient from deadly infections.

in skin graft, one need not match tissue of donor and recipient. Any individuals skin can be grafted. It offers temporary protection for the patient against fatal infections.

Skin grafts are expensive to procure. It is tough to get skin from living donors. Hence skin from the dead are easier to use. Advances in technology help preserve the skin that can be rolled like a tape for three-four years, said Shinde. Skin from back and legs are taken from bodies and preserved in 85 per cent glycerol. Strips of skin are kept in sterile vials, which are sealed and stored.

Patients with over 30 to 40 per cent burns will benefit from this treatment as cadaveric skin can temporarily cover burn wounds. Eighty per cent of burns patients can be thus saved.

Skin Banks In India:

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For More Details refer the following websites:

http://www.burns-india.com

http://www.skindonation.in

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Eye donation is a noble act with an added responsibility. Nothing is more devotional than the valour act of gifting your middles to someone you don’t know. Organ donation is one of the way through which one can stay alive forever in people’s heart. Eye donation makes your eyes immortal.

Scientific discipline has made possible for a human being to donate eyes on his/her will for transplantation for those who really need the light of vision in their world of darkness. Everything in this world is perishable, but science has made this a boon for those who want to see the brightness of earth and for those who want to stay blessed and alive every day. Eye donation is an act of donating one’s eyes after his/her death. Only corneal blinds can be benefitted through this process not other blinds. It is an act of charity, purely for the benefit of the society and is totally voluntary. It is done after death. The eye donation of the deceased can be authorized by the next of kith & kin even if the deceased did not pledge to donate his / her eyes before death.

Almost anyone from the ages of 1 to 75 can be an eye donor, even if you wear glasses or have poor vision. Any donations that are unsuitable for transplant can be used for medical research and education. Eye donation is approved by every major religion. Generally, eye donations do not delay funeral arrangements or prohibit open caskets. Eyes are one of the wonderful gifts one can give and one can get. Aishwarya Rai has already pledged for her eye donation. An unfortunate person will get the gift of eyesight and he/she will be able to see the world through our eyes. Even though we die, our eyes will live on and see the world!

One of the real life story for eye donation- Late Sh. Himmat Rai
Age:- 78/M
Resident - Gurgaon, Haryana
Late Mr. Himmat Rai, a resident, Gurgaon was undoubtedly a man true to his name! The 54 year old Himmat Rai came from a small family of four, a wife and 2 children. Only a month before his death he pledged his eyes for donation an eye donation camp organized by Niramaya Charitable Trust in his neighbourhood. Himmat Rai may have passed away, but his eyes are still able to see the world through someone else. Today, his benevolence has given vision and a new life to the two blind senior-citizens, who can\\\\\\\'t thank him enough for his generosity.

It is the most humanitarian of acts that we can commit during our lifetime. So why wait? Let’s do that and go to the nearest eye donation centre and pledge our eyes as a gift to mankind!

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Medical Care

One needs to take care of the skin after the wounds heal post surgery so that the scarred tissues settle well.
Following three simple techniques have shown good results.

a) Regular Massage – with Contratubex and coconut oil, two times each daily.

b) Gell sheet- to be applied on affected area at least for 12 hrs a days.

c) Pressure Garment- to wear for at least 10-12 hrs a day.

Making the patients financially independents is a very effective in re installing confidence in them. With proper occupational training they can work and earn money for them and their families. This increases their self esteem and motivates them to look ahead in life.

Several acid burn patients come from very weaker section of the society and they may not have proper education. Providing educational support opens new options for them and makes their chance of rehabilitation better.

Counseling

 
Patients should be provided good counseling support as the long course of treatment, pain, social stigma has a very detrimental effect on their self esteem. In most cases they loose hope to live and be back again in the society. There are several instances when the acid burn patients have bounced back in life. Citing such examples help the patients to regain faith and look ahead for their log battle with life.
 

Social Reintegration Support

In many cases acid burn patients are disowned by their kins due to social stigma attached to the patients. The expensive cost of treatment is another reason. Without proper social re integration support patients tend to alienate them selves from the society. They should be persuaded to step outside and participate in all the day to day activities that they can. Following are few important ways to enable social reintegration of the patients.
 

Shelter

Patients may need to travel to various cities(usually metros) and hospitals due to various surgery needs. In many cases they cannot afford shelter for themselves and theirs family members at these locations. They should be provided shelter during the treatment course and also after that.
 

Occupational Training

 

Education support

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Acid burn usually takes two to three months time to heal.During treatments of wounds in a hospital, kin of acid burn patients should understand the importance of following listed points. Usually the doctors/nurse treating the patients should take care but it is good for the attendants of burn patient to be doubly sure. And in case there is any negligence, bring the issue to correct authority notice.

 

1. Hygiene

The most common cause of death for acid burn patients is Infection. The burn skin is very sensitive and can be very easily infected if not taken care and cleaned properly. Hence throughout the course of treatment, a strict hygiene has to be maintained until the wounds are completely healed. The room and washroom used by patients should be thoroughly cleaned with disinfectant 2-3 times a day. Food containers used for carrying patients food should be properly sterilized before use. Outside food is strict no.

 

2. Proper Dressing

Utmost care has to be maintained while doing dressing for movable body parts. It has to be ensured that burnt skin do not come in contact with each other, otherwise they would stick with each other leading to handicap.

 

3. Physiotherapy

Due to acid burn nerves under skin get permanently damaged leading to inability in the movement of body parts. If ignored it can lead to physical handicap. Hence regular sessions of physiotherapy is important to ensure that nerves are trained properly and body part remain movable

4. Skin Grafting

 

The surgery perform to cover the open flesh with a skin, taken from the other part of the body like thigh or lower back where there is no burn.

 

 

 

5. Protein Rich Food

 

Burned patient needs lot of protein and carbohydrates for damaged tissues to heel. Consult the hospital nutritionist to arrange for proper deit for the patient throughout the course of treatment.

 

6. Hemoglobin Check

 

Since lot of blood is lost due to burn injury, it results in very low hemoglobin level. Doctors cannot perform any surgery if hemoglobin is low. Hence patients should take diet which aids in building hemoglobin level and in some case blood transfusion should also be considered.

 

7. Corrective Surgery

 

After the burn would heal a series of corrective surgery are required for correcting the contracted skin, reconstructing the burnt body parts like eyebrow, nosetrils, ear holes etc depending on feasibility. A good plastic surgeon should be consulted for planning out the sequence of operation.

 

AtijeevanFoundation also works actively to provide free medical treatment to acid vicitms. Please get in touch with them if you see any such victim

 

Disclaimer: The details mentioned here are based on experience of Pragya Singh. Treatment course may differ for different patients. Please refer a specialist for best possible treatment.
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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