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For All Donor Sites

Watch for signs and symptoms of infection:

  • Increased redness (over 1 inch in width) and swelling around the skin graft.

  • Foul smelling or blue-green colored drainage from the skin graft.

  • Flu-like symptoms (fever, chills, nausea or vomiting, muscle aches).

  • Increased pain.

Care of a Donor Site with a Mepilex® Ag Dressing 

Mepilex® is an absorbent foam dressing with a silicone layer with silver that adheres to intact skin and does not stick to open wounds. 

Leave the donor site dressing in place until you return to clinic. Keep it clean and dry. 

Call us and return to clinic to have your dressing checked if any of these problems occur. Your dressing might need to be changed:

  • Outer dressing becomes soaked with too much drainage from the donor site. 

  • Outer dressing gets wet. 

  • Dressing comes off, exposing the open donor site. 

  • Watch for signs and symptoms of infection (see above). 

Care of a Donor Site After the Mepilex® Ag Dressing Is Removed

  • Wash the area with mild soap and water starting on ______________.

  • Treat open areas with bacitracin and Cuticerin. 

  • Apply lotion ________ to keep a newly healed donor site from drying out and cracking.

  • Watch for signs and symptoms of infection. Call us if you notice any of these problems.

Care of Primary Closure Donor Site

  • Keep the site covered with the first dressing until _________________.

  • Once the dressing is removed, leave the incision site open to the air.

  • If Steri-strips are used (thin white tapes across your incision), do not remove them until they loosen and fall off on their own. This takes about one week.

  • You may shower starting on _____. No tub baths or soaking in water.

  • Watch for signs and symptoms of infection. Call us if you have any problems.

Care of a Healed Donor Site

  • Wash the area with mild soap and water.

  • Apply lotion _________________.

  • Apply compression ____________.

Phone Numbers

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

If you have urgent questions or needs after hours or on weekends, 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 or needs after hours or on weekends, please leave a message for the General Surgery triage nurse at 608-890-9542.

If you live out of the area, you can call toll free at 1-800-323-8942.

f 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.