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Skin storage

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 07 December 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1485

Skin banks would not benefit from being taken over by National Blood Service

  1. B W E M Powell
  1. Consultant burns and plastic surgeon Queen Mary's University Hospital, London SW15 5PN

    EDITOR,—S R Myers and colleagues suggest that existing skin banks should be incorporated into the infrastructure of the National Blood Service.1 The Stephen Kirby Skin Bank at Queen Mary's University Hospital, Roehampton, has been operating for just under a year. Although not described as a national skin bank, it has provided cadaveric skin to major burns units in both England and the Republic of Ireland. It is a purpose built skin bank and adheres closely to the …

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