Army Hospital launches skin bank facility for treatment of severe burn injuries, other skin-related conditions

New Delhi: Facility to be staffed by team of highly-trained medical professionals, including plastic surgeons, tissue engineers, specialised technicians

BY | Tuesday, 18 June, 2024

The Army Hospital (Research & Referral), New Delhi, has announced the opening of a state-of-the-art skin bank facility on Tuesday. The Ministry of Defence has informed that the facility is a first-of-its-kind to be established within the Armed Forces Medical Services and that the initiative aims to revolutionise the treatment of severe burn injuries and other skin-related conditions among service members and their families.

The new skin bank will serve as a centralised hub for the collection, processing, storage, and distribution of skin grafts, providing a critical resource for military medical centers across the country. By establishing this facility, the Armed Forces are ensuring that the personnel and their families have access to the most advanced skin replacement therapies.

The Ministry also informed that the skin bank will be staffed by a team of highly-trained medical professionals, including plastic surgeons, tissue engineers, and specialised technicians. The facility will adhere to the highest standards of quality control and safety, ensuring the integrity and reliability of the skin grafts.

DGMS(Army) & Col Comdt Lt Gen Arindam Chatterjee termed the launch of this skin bank as a testament to the unwavering commitment to the health and well-being of service members. He added that the facility will not only enhance the quality of care, but also strengthen the ability to support those who have been affected by serious injuries.

“By having a dedicated resource for skin tissue, we can provide our patients with the most effective and personalised treatments, ultimately improving their chances of recovery and rehabilitation,” said Commandant, Army Hospital (R&R) Lt Gen Ajith Nilakantan.

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