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Demand has outstripped supply in Sheffield's skin bank

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 07 December 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1485
  1. David R Ralston,
  2. Sue G Boyce,
  3. Sheila Macneil,
  4. Eric Freedlander
  1. Research fellow Senior technician Reader University Department of Medicine, Clinical Sciences Centre, Northern General Hospital, Sheffield S5 7AU
  2. Consultant plastic surgeon Department of Burns and Plastic Surgery, Northern General Hospital

    EDITOR,—We support S R Myers and colleagues' call for skin banking to be put on a formal footing under the aegis of the National Blood Service.1 In Sheffield we have five years' experience of skin banking; over this period we have banked 80 000 cm2 of skin, of which 44% was stored as viable cryopreserved skin …

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