Discharge Instructions: Caring for Your Biobrane Dressing

Discharge Instructions: Caring for Your Biobrane Dressing

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Discharge Instructions: Caring for Your Biobrane Dressing

Biobrane (also called artificial skin) is a white stretchable dressing that covers the site of a burn wound. It is also used to cover the donor site if you have a skin graft. It will stay in place to protect your wound while it heals. You may do your normal activities with the Biobrane on your wound. Here are some general guidelines for home care.


What to Expect

  • For the first few days, some fluid from your wound or donor site will drain through the Biobrane. This is normal. You can use a heat lamp or hair dryer to dry the Biobrane.

  • The donor site will be painful until it is dry. Take pain medication as directed by your doctor.

  • As your wound or donor site heals, the Biobrane will look crusty. It may itch.

  • About 7 to 14 days after the dressing was placed, it will begin to lift off at the edges.

  • Once the Biobrane is removed, the skin will be pink or dark red with white flaky areas. Don't be alarmed. The pink or dark red color will go away in time.

Wound Care

  • Bathe or shower daily.

    • Use a separate washcloth to gently wash the Biobrane. Don’t scrub it.

    • Don’t keep the Biobrane under water for more than 10 minutes.

    • Rinse well.

    • Dry yourself and pat the Biobrane dry with a separate towel. Use a hair dryer set on cool to dry the Biobrane if you wish.

  • Check the wound for signs of infection such as redness, swelling, drainage, or a bad smell.

  • As the Biobrane begins to lift up and your wound starts to heal, trim off the loose edges of the dressing. Use clean scissors that you have cleaned with an alcohol swab. Stop trimming if it is painful or if it causes bleeding.

  • Apply lotion or moisturizing cream to the areas where you have trimmed off the Biobrane.

  • Don't cover Biobrane with other dressings. You don’t have to worry that it will fall off.


Make a follow-up appointment as directed by our staff.


When to Call Your Doctor

Call your doctor if you have any of the following:

  • Increased redness, swelling, or warmth in the skin around the wound

  • Fluid building up under the Biobrane

  • Bad smell coming from the wound

  • Fever above 100.4°F (38°C) or chills

  • Increasing pain

  • Bleeding