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Skin Bank & Laboratory


The Trauma Burn Resource Center is a modern well equipped, 1400 square foot facility located within Trauma Burn Center on the 1st floor of the University Hospital (room 1C-435).


The Trauma Burn Resource Center functions as a support facility for the Trauma Burn Center. Services are provided in areas of Microbiology, Banking of Skin and Skin Substitutes, Infection Surveillance, Environmental Monitoring, and participation in Clinical Research Trials/ Investigations.


  • Microbiology
    • Perform quantitative wound biopsy cultures
    • Perform rapid slide determinations for predicting microbial growth
    • Perform topical anti-microbial sensitivity testing
  • Banking
    • Banking of cadaveric allograft skin for grafting purposes
    • Banking of patient autograft skin for subsequent grafting
    • Banking of skin substitutes and artificial skin for patient use
  • Infection Surveillance
    • Monitor Trauma Burn Center patient microbiology cultures
    • Attend and participate in Trauma Burn Center wound rounds
    • Work collaboratively with Infection Control Service to resolve Trauma Burn Center infection control problems
  • Environmental Monitoring
    • Microbial monitoring of equipment, rooms, water, etc. as needed
  • Clinical Trials/Investigations
    • Assist in clinical research protocols