Cell and Tissue Banking

, Volume 14, Issue 4, pp 579–588 | Cite as

Challenges in the provision of skin in the UK: the use of human deceased donor skin in burn care relating to mass incidents in the UK

  • C. W. M. Horner
  • E. Crighton
  • P. Dziewulski
Original Paper


This article aims to discuss the role of deceased donor skin within the treatment of burn injuries with particular reference to the management of major burn disasters. The article begins with a review of wound healing before progressing to outline the development of the current modern day approach to burns surgery from its historical origins and the role of deceased donor skin within this. A detailed review of mass disasters within the UK over the past 29 years provides an indication as to the frequency and extent of mass disasters that might be predicted to occur. Combining this with a recent review of allograft requirements within burns surgery at a regional UK centre allows for more accurate planning and stockpiling of deceased donor skin reserves. UK awareness and emergency preparedness for major burn disasters can thus be improved.


Deceased donor skin Emergency preparedness Mass disaster 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. W. M. Horner
    • 1
  • E. Crighton
    • 1
  • P. Dziewulski
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.St. Andrew’s Centre for Plastic Surgery and BurnsBroomfield HospitalChelmsfordUK
  2. 2.StAAR (St Andrews Anglia Ruskin) Burns Research Unit, Post Graduate Medical InstituteAnglia Ruskin UniversityCambridgeUK

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