Cultured Skin

For those unfamiliar with the term “cultured skin,” it’s a very small sample of a patient’s unburned skin, which is expanded into large sheets of cultured skin in the research lab. These sheets are then placed over the patient’s burn wounds to allow for more natural and complete healing and less scarring.

However, the new skin can be a very different shade of color than the patient’s healthy skin. Scientists are currently working on matching patients’ own skin color more precisely.

In the 1960s, children with severe burns had a slim chance of survival. Today, with the use of cultured skin substitutes, better control of infections, and comprehensive care by a team of experts in burn care and treatment, patients with a 95% total surface body injury can — and do — survive.