Skin substitutes vary in their biological makeup and applications but definitely have a place in wound management. Although there is no perfect skin substitute, individual characteristics and wound types must be considered when selecting which product to utilize. The product under consideration should be easy to use in the appropriate clinical setting. The best evidence, if available, should be factored into the decision process as well as clinical expertise and experience. Wound care providers should develop an individualized and multidisciplinary approach including the basic principles of reducing bioburden and edema and offloading. Learner Outcome:
Describe skin substitutes and grafts, indications and utilization.
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