Skin Graft Care
Care of a Skin Graft with a Cotton Bolster or Spandex Bolster
Keep the bolster area elevated to prevent swelling which could damage the new skin graft.
_______ Keep the bolster dry.
_______ Keep the skin around the bolster clean by sponge bathing around the site with soap and water.
_______ Watch for signs and symptoms of infection. Call the Burn/Wound Clinic at (608) 263-7502 with any concerns.
- Increased redness (about 1 inch in width) and swelling around the skin graft.
- Foul smelling drainage or pus from the skin graft.
- Flu-like symptoms (fever, chills, nausea or vomiting, muscle aches) and/or increased pain.
_______ Activity restrictions _________________________________________
_______ Take ____________________________________ to control pain.
Care of a Skin Graft without a Bolster
_______ Wash the area with mild soap and water beginning on ____________ .
_______ Apply moisturizing lotion ____________________ to keep new skin from drying or cracking.
_______ Treat blisters or open areas with ________________________.
_______ Apply Aquaphor® gauze to graft site.
_______ Wrap graft area with non-stretch roller gauze.
_______ Apply an ace bandage as directed. See Health Facts for You #______.
_______ Watch for signs and symptoms of infection (see above). Call the Burn/Wound Clinic at (608) 263-7502 with any concerns.
The Spanish version of this Health Facts for Youis 5375
The information provided should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions. Call 911 for all medical emergencies. Any duplication or distribution of the information contained herein is strictly prohibited.
Last Updated: 02/09/2010
Copyright © 02/09/2010 University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics Authority. All rights reserved. Produced by the Department of Nursing. HF#4404
Print Health Fact For You