Skin substitutes

Eran Bar-Meir, David Mendes, Eyal Winkler

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The role of skin substitutes in burn surgery and in the treatment of chronic wounds is constantly evolving. New products are regularly being developed and approved for clinical use. Studies on existing products demonstrate their effectiveness in different clinical scenarios. However, cost-related concerns, inadequate physician education, and the drawbacks that still accompany every skin substitute have resulted in limited application of these modalities. Today, burn surgeons still rely mostly on old-fashioned skin grafts. Only a few burn centers in the world actually use some of these products in their routine treatment of wounds. This review provides an up-to-date overview of the latest developments in the field of skin substitutes. We examine the major commercially available skin substitute products and their performance, and briefly review the technologies and products that are under development but have not yet become widely available.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)188-191
Number of pages4
JournalIsrael Medical Association Journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Burns
  • Skin replacements
  • Skin substitutes
  • Wounds


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