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Ostomy Wound Manage. 2003 Jun;49(6):60-4.

Using a castor oil-balsam of Peru-trypsin ointment to assist in healing skin graft donor sites.

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Fountain Valley Regional Hospital Wound Care Program, Fountain Valley, CA 92708, USA.


Skin graft donor sites are partial-thickness wounds that are commonly managed with gauze-type dressings. As such, they often cause more pain and difficulty in healing than the graft-recipient site. A retrospective study was conducted to ascertain the effects of using a castor oil-balsam of Peru-trypsin containing ointment on skin graft donor sites in 36 consecutive patients (16 female, 20 male). All donor sites were epithelialized after 11 days (range 6 to 11 days, mean 8 days) and no wound complications were observed. Given these healing results and product ease of use, this particular formulation has become the facilities' current treatment of choice and further study is indicated and warranted.

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