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For All Skin Grafts 

Watch for signs and symptoms of infection. 

  • Redness (about 1 inch wide) and swelling around the burn. 

  • Foul smelling drainage from the wound. 

  • Flu-like symptoms. 

    • Fever over 100.4º by mouth for two readings 4 hours apart

    • Chills

    • Nausea

    • Vomiting

    • Muscle aches

    Increasing pain that is not relieved by pain medicine.

Care of a Skin Graft with or Without a Bolster or Splint 

  • Keep the graft elevated to prevent swelling which could damage the new skin graft. 

  • Keep the bolster or splint dry. You may clean around the bolster site by sponge bathing with mild soap and water. 

  • Take your prescribed medicine to control pain. 

  • Activity guidelines: ____________________________

Care of a Skin Graft After First Dressing is Removed 

  • Wash with mild soap and water starting on ____________. 

  • Apply moisturizing lotion ___________ to keep new skin from drying or cracking. Air out graft for ___________.

  • Apply Wound Veil to graft site. 

  • Wrap graft with non-stretch roller gauze. 

  • Apply compression _____________.

Who to Call

For questions Monday through Friday 8 am - 5 pm please call the General Surgery and Burn Clinic at 608-264-8040.

After hours call the burn unit nurses at 608-263-1490 or call 608-262-2122 and ask to have the burn resident paged.

If you have non urgent questions after hours, you can leave a message the for the triage nurse at 608-263-7502. The toll-free number is: 1-800-323-8942.

If you are a patient receiving care at UnityPoint – Meriter, Swedish American or a health system outside of UW Health, please use the phone numbers provided in your discharge instructions for any questions or concerns.