Autograft : A skin graft that is 'harvested' from an undamaged area of the patient and transplanted to the burned area
Allograft : A biological dressing used as a covering for a burned area. It is cadaver skin (also called hemograft)
Collagen : Insoluble fibrous protein of vertebrates that is the main component of the fibrils of connective tissue.
Debridement : The surgical removal of burned flesh.
Dermatome : A device used to slice tissue from donor sites to be grafted onto burned areas.
Dermis : The vascular inner mesodermic layer of skin. The epidermis is the outer layer of skin and the dermis is underneath that.
First Degree Burn : A mild burn that feels hot, hurts, and reddens. It does not exhibit blistering or charring of tissue.
Graft : To transplant or implant tissue
Hydrotherapy : The therapeutic use of water
Hypermetabolic : Expanding energy and using nutrients at an accelerated pace
Isograft : Homograft between genetically identical or nearly identical individuals
Necrosis : The death of cells or tissues
Occupational Therapy : Therapy that focuses on activities of daily living, such as dressing, eating, bathing, etc.
Physical Therapy : Treatment of injury by physical or mechanical means in order to promote recovery
Pressure Garments : Tight-fitting elastic garments worn to reduce scarring
Second Degree Burn : A burn that produces painful blisters and some superficial destruction of the dermis beneath the burn
Silver Nitrate : A clear compound used as an antiseptic
Skin Graft : A piece of body tissue that is surgically removed and then transplanted or implanted to replace a damaged part or compensate for a defect
Third Degree Burn : A severe burn that destroys the epidermis, and dermis and sometimes other tissue as well
Transfusion : The transfer of fluid into a vein. Often used to give blood to a patient
Xenograft : Grafts taken from a donor of one species and grafted onto another species