Rapid Communication: Solution for the MEEK Glue Transfer Problem

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Meek micrografting permits wide expansion of skin grafts in true ratios from 3:1 to 9:1, as well as the utilization of poor donor sites. The proprietary glue critical to successful skin transference is unavailable in the United States. While the technique is widely employed worldwide, alternative glues resulted in poor skin transfer and frustrated use in American burn centers. The authors present their protocol resulting in effective MEEK skin transfer using Mastisol® adhesive: “The Rule of Sevens.” 1) Soak the corks in normal saline for 7 minutes. 2) Then spread the grafts on the corks and mince with the MEEK machine. 3) Spray the epidermal surface of the micrograft-covered corks thoroughly with 7 pumps of Mastisol® from a distance of 7 inches (17.7 cm). 4) Allow the Mastisol® to dry for 7 minutes on the micrografts. 5) Apply the corks with the Mastisol®-imbued skin to the gauzes. Press firmly for 7 seconds. 6) Allow the skin to transfer from cork to gauze undisturbed for 7 minutes. Next, carefully remove the corks and expand the gauzes. Apply the micrograft-covered gauzes to excised and prepared wound beds and staple into position. 7) After 7 days, remove the gauzes, though the authors have left them in place for up to 21 days. This novel protocol provides reliable skin transfer and permits the modified MEEK technique to be a consistent part of our practice. The authors present this rapid communication to allow others to utilize this technique without the frustration of adhesive failure resulting in lost grafts.

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