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