Effect of early and late mobilisation on split skin graft outcome

Bernard Luczak, Jennifer Ha, Reuven Gurfinkel

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Abstract

Background: There is an increasing trend towards early mobilisation post-split skin grafting of the lower limbs. This study was performed to determine if early mobilisation impacts negatively on graft healing and patient morbidity. Methods: A retrospective review of 48 cases of lower limb split skin grafts performed by the plastic surgery department at Royal Perth Hospital was undertaken. Patients were stratified into early and late mobilisation groups. Results: No difference in outcome was identified with early mobilisation, but an increased rate of deconditioning with increased length of stay was present with late mobilisation. Conclusion: These results suggest that early mobilisation post-split skin grafting of the lower limb is beneficial to patient care and is associated with lower morbidity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-21
Number of pages3
JournalAustralasian Journal of Dermatology
Volume53
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2012
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • deconditioning
  • early mobilisation
  • skin graft take
  • split skin graft

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology

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