Submitted by Editor on Wed, 2016-03-30 19:05 Bengaluru: Lack of skin bank had always been the pain of burns victims in Karnataka. The Mahabodhi Burns Centre at Victoria Hospital, the second largest in the country, admits 160 to 180 burn patients every month. Even after treatment, they had to live with the scars. But not any more. Rotary Ashirvad BMRCI Skin Bank – first skin bank to be developed and established in state – has been set up at the Victoria Hospital. Medical Education Minister Sharanprakash R Patil inaugurated the bank on Wednesday. It is the dream child of Department of Plastic Surgery and the Rotary Bangalore Midtown, strongly supported by the Dean of BMCRI Dr. Devadass PK and funded by Ashirvad Pipes Pvt. Ltd. National Burns Centre headed by Dr. Sunil Keswani who provided the technical training and support for Rotary Ashirvad BMRCI Skin Bank (RABSB) said that this is a golden day for the state in terms of management of burns victims. However, he also said that “Setting up the bank is only 30 per cent of the job done. To achieve remaining target, we need to work together to create awareness for many years till we have Skin Collection Centres across Karnataka and patients can have access to skin for treatment in every nook and corner of the State. Like any other organ donation, skin donation needs to be pledged by a living person or the family can offer after the death of a person. The skin is harvested within six hours of death either at hospital or home. The harvesting is done from hidden areas such as the back and the thigh with no bleeding or deformity to the body. The skin donation does not hamper last rites rituals. The process is fairly simple and takes less than 45 minutes. The donor could be anyone above 18 years of age with no skin disease or skin cancer or Hepatitis C. It may be noted that no blood group matching is required. The harvested skin is processed and stored as per international protocol in the skin bank ready for dispensing and safe use in burns care as the best biological dressing. This dressing not only saves the life but also relieves the pain, reduces infection increasing chances of survival significantly, especially when the burn area exceeds 40 per cent. The skin required for the burn victims within BMCRI will be issued through an indenting process. However, burns patients being treated in any other hospital can avail of it also. A steering committee has been formed with representatives from Rotary Bangalore MidTown, BMCRI, and Ashirvad Pipes, to govern the functioning of skin bank.